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Antonia Angress

Sirens & Muses

Sirens & Muses

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FourĀ artists are drawn into a web of rivalry and desire at an elite art school and on the streets of New York in thisĀ ā€œgripping, provocative, and supremely entertainingā€ (BuzzFeed)Ā debut
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Itā€™sĀ 2011:Ā America is in a deep recession and Occupy Wall Street is escalating. But at the elite Wrynn College of Art, students paint and sculpt in a rarefied bubble. Louisa Arceneaux is a thoughtful, observant nineteen-year-old when she transfers to Wrynn as a scholarship student, but she soon finds herself adrift in an environment that prizes novelty over beauty. Complicating matters is Louisaā€™s unexpected attraction to her charismatic roommate, Karina Piontek, the preternaturally gifted but mercurial daughter of wealthy art collectors. Gradually, Louisa and Karina are drawn into an intense sensual and artistic relationship, one that forces them to confront their deepest desires and fears. But Karina also canā€™t shake her fascination with Preston Utley, a senior and anti-capitalist Internet provocateur, who is publicly feuding with visiting professor and political painter Robert Bergerā€”a once-controversial figureheadĀ seekingĀ to regain relevance.Ā  Ā 
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When Preston concocts an explosive hoax, the fates of all four artists are upended as each is unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat New York art world. Now all must struggle to find new identities in art, in society, and among each other. In the process, they must find either their most authentic terms of lifeā€”of success, failure, and joyā€”or risk losing themselves altogether.Ā 

WithĀ a canny, critical eye,Ā 
Sirens & MusesĀ overturns notions of class, money, art, youth, and a generationā€™s fight to own theirĀ future.
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