Constellations of Eve

by Rosewood, Abbigail Nguyen, 1990-

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Eve is a reluctant mother; Eve is a famous phenomenon; Eve is a quiet country teacher. Liam is a successful artist; Liam is a scheming husband; Liam is a gentle partner. Pari is a leading scientific researcher; Pari is a recognized model; Pari is a picture of declining mental states.

Constellations of Eve weaves together three deviations of one love story. In each variation, the narrative changes slightly, with life-altering impacts. Against a backdrop of difficult people finding their place in a constantly shifting universe, the novel manipulates the variables leading to their fraught romantic entanglements, tearing through a host of lifetimes in search of the one in which all the brightest stars align.

In this philosophical fable of art and fate, Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood paints a world that floats above our own and contours the infinitesimal moments that shape who we love, over whom we obsess, and how we decide what to live for.

Each reality allows Eve another chance at finding her true destiny and personal and professional fulfilment?but can she get it right? Is there even such a thing as right? Constellations of Eve wrestles with the most intimate betrayals and the staggering personal costs of stifling artistic ambition, pursuing it to the exclusion of family, or letting it disperse in favor of an all-consuming love.

The cards' waltz
The mute sculpture
The soft shackle
Being Eve
The void of cards.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "With its three versions of a romance, Rosewood's exquisite and experimental novel in stories (after If I Had Two Lives) offers a transfixing meditation on love, envy, and obsession. Each story explores the relationship between two characters named Eve and Liam, with details about their lives changed. "The Mute Sculpture" follows Eve, a gifted artist, from college through her mid 20s. She is fixated on her beautiful roommate, Pari, and compulsively sketches her. The drawings eventually earn her an exhibition in Florence, but her career flags after she marries Liam, a furniture maker. They have a son, and Eve struggles with insecurity as a wife and mother. In "The Soft Shackle," Eve's paintings of Pari launch both artist and subject into fame. In this iteration, Pari, a scientist and model, is pregnant with middle-aged Liam's child. But at Liam and Pari's wedding, Liam pines for Eve, whom he met in Florence before Pari. "Being Eve" finds Eve and Liam as a long-married couple--childless, old, and mulling over their "easy life," with Eve working as a teacher and Liam a figure of steady support. Each iteration builds upon the previous one, culminating in a brilliant harmony made all the more aching for its exploration of all that the characters cannot have at once. Throughout, Rosewood mesmerizes with her own artistry, such as this depiction of Liam consumed by Eve's paintings of Pari: "It was as though Eve had inserted herself inside, invaded Pari's body with dabs of her own feelings, her paint." This is stunning. Agent: Stacy Testa, Writer's House. (May)"
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Additional Information
Series Diasporic Vietnamese artists network
Subjects Self-destructive behavior -- Fiction.
Self-destructive behavior.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher Lubbock :Texas Tech University Press,2022
Language English
Description 211 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781682831373
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