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'“. . . a wise, adroit novel, resplendent with shimmering, incisive writing, about the New York art scene and what it’s like to be young there, or again. A mature, accomplished debut.” —Edward Hoagland, author of Heart’s Desire “Evelyn Toynton has produced a terrific portrait of Belle Prokoff, an artist living out the unenviable legacy of being the survivor, wife, and widow, of her more famous husband. Toynton gives a straight and unrelenting view of the art world and its inmates. Her writing is wise, funny, and full of yeast.” —Lynn Freed, author of The Mirror “Modern Art is a novel for the grown-ups. Evelyn Toynton has perfect pitch. Her imaginative take on the gritty, suicidal transactions of the men and women who made the New York School their absolute religion is an amazing achievement.” —Barbara Probst Solomon, author of The Beat of Life “In sentences as elegant and exciting as abstract expressionism, Evelyn Toynton re-presents to us the idea and ideal of artistic integrity. Modern Art is deeply moving, for its faith in art as well as its rogues’ gallery of all-too-human-characters.” —Kelly Cherry, author of The Society of Friends: Stories '