Behind the glass windows of a storefront-turned-apartment, an art handler at a contemporary art museum sits among dead birds awaiting the return of her roommate, an emerging artist of growing notoriety. While she waits, she ransacks her past while discoursing on Dutch still life painting, the mating habits of her species and others, and the extreme measures taken by the French psychoanalyst Marie Bonaparte to achieve sexual fulfillment.
This audacious burning match of a novella marks the debut of a writer of uncommon insight, boundless curiosity and mordant wit, whose jaundiced eye takes on the comic excesses of contemporary art and the multifariousness of bad sex in equal measure. Masterful in its breadth—at once funny, shocking and erudite—Still Life with Meredith contemplates the thin line that separates sanity from madness in a world that has a hard time telling the difference.
"The most decadently imaginative thing I’ve read in years”
"Take the afternoon off and marvel at this new shape for narrative”
Ann Lewinson’s fiction has appeared in Agni, Hayden’s Ferry Review, MoMA PS1’s
Special Projects Writers’ Series and other places. A 2014 fellow at the Edward F. Albee
Foundation, she is also a playwright, journalist and film critic who has reviewed movies
for ARTnews, The Boston Phoenix, The Hartford Advocate and The Kansas City Star. She
lives in New York.