Rhonda Johnson
May 07, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lily Beach

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jennie Fields
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Set in the ’60s, the haunting first novel Lily Beach, about a talented but troubled young artist, offers up one of the most memorable female characters in recent fiction. Lily Beach is a 21-year-old graduate student feeling tortured by her mother’s suicide when she becomes involved with three men who alter the course of her life. Andres, a mournful art professor, worships Lily as his creative muse; Will is captivated by her sexuality but is unable to make a commitment; Ted stifles her in a traditional marriage. Writing with striking visual immediacy, Jennie Fields beautifully modulates Lily’s conflicts between sex and art, until a second tragedy forces an unexpected resolution. A

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