Published—Van Gogh and Vampires

August 4th, 2011 § 1 comment

A part of me wishes that Centerpieces, the latest book by the author Penelope Przekop, and the subject of my latest book review, had actually been what it promised: a historical fiction about Van Gogh. I would have enjoyed it more if it had even reminded me of Van Gogh, his art or life. A cliché artist now as part of the Impressionist/Post-Impressionist pack, he is always an appealing painter. I still remember the old portfolio of Van Gogh prints I discovered during my childhood, hidden away in my mother’s closet. I don’t know where they came from, but finding a whole collection of poster size prints was like finding gold. She let me take them, and for a large part of my childhood colorful, swirling portraits in careful rotation filled my bedroom walls. I’d lie in bed staring at them when I’d take breaks from doing schoolwork. When I started dancing my mother bought me a beautiful Degas print of a little dancer tying her shoe, and framed it on my wall. It’s not terribly surprising that I found myself taking both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in undergrad, where I learned about the dark personalities that made such colorful and seemingly cheery paintings. Both movements were full of moody, brooding men with devoted families they didn’t love. Instead of any of this, however, Przekop gave us vampires, pharmaceuticals, and awkward writing.

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§ One Response to Published—Van Gogh and Vampires

  • Dear Alissa, Thank you for reading CENTERPIECES. I would like to point out to you and your readers that CENTERPIECES was not marketed as historical fiction. It is Alternative History. Also, please be aware that the book jacket and press release clearly state that the novel is about Van Gogh in modern times and the pharmaceutical industry. I’m surpirsed that the novel in no way even reminded you of Van Gogh since it is based on my in depth research of his life. Each reader has their own preference for story line and style. I regret that you didn’t enjoy my novel more; however, I’m proud of the work and greatly appreciate your taking the time to read it. Best – Penelope

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