Alena by Rachel Pastan

AlenaNew book – story is a reflection on the past and involves art and a mystery. I enjoyed learning more about art history and the uniqueness of a certain genre of art – contemporary.

But the contemporary “in gross detail” was a little much sometimes – describing such artists that use real blood and dead birds on the wall.

It is a story of a young woman who loves her profession – curator – yet really knows little about it. She is named as a new curator, replacing a woman who had no faults, and is basically left on her own to manage the place.

What I liked was the descriptions of the ocean and her feelings. What I did not like was the fact that she took a long time to “get” it! Stand up for herself.

All together – a 7 on my top of a 10. Good beach/vacation read.

Reviewed by Kathleen

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