Feast Your Eyes
Myla Goldberg’s Feast Your Eyes offers a captivating look into the lives of a fictional photographer and her daughter, told through a collection of invented memories, interviews, journal entries, letters, and photographic descriptions. In 1950s New York City, Lillian Preston decides to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer. Mostly interested in candid street shots, Lillian quickly becomes obsessed with her art. But when her daughter Samantha is born, Lillian begins to also focus on taking photos of their private life together, a life she never imagined but has wholeheartedly embraced. Lillian is thrilled that her photos will debut in a solo exhibition; however, her partially nude photos of Samantha are considered salacious by the general public and the law. Lillian’s career and Samantha’s childhood are tainted with controversy, and their now complicated relationship may not survive.
Wistful, contemplative, and transportive, Feast Your Eyes is an unforgettable story. Every character is interesting and fully human, and each distinctive voice is valuable in conveying the overall narrative. Goldberg has done such a fine job crafting this imagined biography that it is almost disappointing that these characters, and especially Lillian’s photos, do not actually exist. Brilliant through and through, Feast Your Eyes is certainly not to be missed.
|Page Count||336 pages|
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