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  • ISBN: 0312343124
  • Author: Caryn James
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1718 kb
  • FB2 size 1139 kb
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Caryn A. James is an American film critic, journalist .

Caryn A. James is an American film critic, journalist, university lecturer and writer. She grew up in Providence and obtained her doctorate in English Literature at Brown University. She began working as a freelance journalist at The New York Times Newsday, TV Guide and Vogue She moved to the daily newspaper, as a cultural reporter. In 2006, she published her second novel, What Caroline Knew: A Novel, and by 2010 had left the Times, returning to film critiques.

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James's juicy novel is an elegant, insightful exploration of one woman's brush with fame and notoriety. It's as lush and seductive as a John Singer Sargent portrait. What Caroline Knew is an absolute must-read that can't be put down once started. A swift, fascinating read. com User, March 9, 2006. With a silky purr, James' protagonist Caroline Stephens draws you effortlessly in to the luxe, luscious world of old New York money in the 1920's. It's a while before you realize that your new friend is a boa constrictor.

Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman. Her most recent novel is Providence.

What Caroline Knew: A Novel. Coauthors & Alternates. ISBN 9780312343125 (978-0-312-34312-5) Hardcover, St. Martin's Press, 2006. Find signed collectible books: 'What Caroline Knew: A Novel'. ISBN 9783423241939 (978-3-423-24193-9) Softcover. She then began working at Marie Claire magazine while also doing freelance work. The following year, James began working with Indie Wire in a division created for her James on Screens as well as working as an adjuct professor in film studies at Columbia University.

Continue reading the main story. In her absorbing second novel, Caryn James approaches the familiar territory from the vantage point of a seductress who's suddenly been disrobed. 230 pp. St. The peerlessly lovely heroine of "What Caroline Knew" has but one true rival: the spell cast by a painting depicting her in a sexually compromising pose. The Jazz Age scandal created by her risqué portrait begins innocently enough. Resigned to a colorless marriage, Caroline Stephens finds amusement playing Medici and providing patronage to a bevy of young, impoverished artists.

James, Caryn (March 7, 2006). What Caroline Knew: A Novel. She is best known for her books You, Hidden Bodies and Providence: A Novel. ISBN 978-0-312-34312-5. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique. Ling Ma is a Chinese American novelist and professor whose first book, Severance, won a 2018 Kirkus Prize as well as being listed as a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. She teaches writing at the University of Chicago.

Flag as Inappropriate. In 2006, she published her second novel, What Caroline Knew: A Novel and by 2010 had left the Times, returning to film critiques. She was working at Marie Claire magazine and doing freelance work Selected works. James, Caryn (7 March 2006).

Beautiful, elegant, wealthy, and charming, Caroline has an effect on every male who crosses her path. As a young woman in the 1920s, she is drawn to the freedom of the Jazz Age, yet chooses a safe marriage that restores her to the proper Edith Wharton-like society to which she was born. Restless in her conventional role, she discovers the Bohemian art world and meets Nicholas Leone, the dashing, handsome, brilliant young painter who will change her life.She becomes his patron and plans his first big exhibition, where Nick unveils his masterpiece - a shocking nude portrait of Caroline in a compromising position. Did she pose for the painting? Was she involved in a great love affair? Or is she a victim of her own generosity?Horrified, betrayed, and almost ruined socially, Caroline insists on defending her innocence, a decision that ensnares those closest to her: her adoring younger brother, Will; the powerful district attorney, Lawrence Sloane; and her loyal husband, Harry. The secrets, lies, and manipulations that result will haunt her for the rest of her life, following her into the new era of the 1960s and beyond - until this great masterpiece of art, missing for decades, is unveiled for a second time.
Comments: (4)
Dorizius
Ms. James began with an intriguing idea: a society matron in the 1920s is scandalized when one of the artists she supports unveils a nude painting of her at an opening.

Unfortunately, Ms. James has a tin ear for history. The New York society she portrays has a philistine ignorance of modern art. But the modern art movement was supported by the wealthiest people in New York society. It would never have gotten off the ground without people named Dodge, Whitney, Vanderbilt and Guggenheim and the lesser lights of society scrambled to keep up. Ms. James is also a lazy writer: there are no "walk ons" of real people, which tests the mettle of a writer of historical fiction. Worse, she just plunks her characters into a milieu she calls the 1920s without bothering to research the era. When she talks about artists her character supports, we get one or two famous names and then just something generic along the lines of "and many others." If she was too lazy to spend an hour in the library, she could have just done what F. Scott Fitzgerald did and make up a bunch of names. Similarly, there is no attention to the way people thought, how they lived or even just of the products they used. The book consists of 21st Century Yuppies in fancy dress.

Like many people who have spent too long at The New York Times, her workmanlike prose is as flat as three day old champagne. The Grey Lady's Style Book is death to distinguished letters and Ms. James did not escape the curse.
Morlurne
This book was an easy read, in fact I read it in an afternoon. It was interesting enough; I kept turning the pages to see what would happen to our dear socialite. She's believable, we feel empathy for her but we never quite understand her. What this book lacks is resolution. I just read 200+ pages and Caroline has still taken secrets to her grave. There are still unanswered questions about the portrait. Maybe it is the author's right to leave a mystery unsolved but it violates the rules of "good" writing not to restore readers to a point of equilibrium and the author never takes us there. In the end, an interesting read but seemingly unfinished.
snowball
With a silky purr, James' protagonist Caroline Stephens draws you effortlessly in to the luxe, luscious world of old New York money in the 1920's. It's a while before you realize that your new friend is a boa constrictor. As the story unfolds, James repeatedly switches the lens through which the reader sees her characters, so that reading the book is like peering into a turning kaleidoscope. The story keeps twisting and tightening right up till the final pages. The book is a pleasure to read: swift, assured and full of wonderful period details.
Rude
James's juicy novel is an elegant, insightful exploration of one woman's brush with fame and notoriety. It's as lush and seductive as a John Singer Sargent portrait. What Caroline Knew is an absolute must-read that can't be put down once started.
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