By Paul Theroux
Maude Pratt is a legend, a photographer well-known for her state-of-the-art recommendations and uncanny skill to strip away the mask of the world’s so much recognizable celebrities and luminaries. Now in her seventies, Maude has been within the public eye because the Twenties, and her extraordinary portfolio contains intimate pix of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Picasso. whereas Maude possesses a unique strength to reveal the interior lives of her matters, she is obsessed with conserving her personal, hiding her private mystery within the “picture palace” of her reminiscence. yet whilst a tender archivist involves remain in Maude’s Cape Cod domestic and starts off sorting via her fifty years of labor, Maude is compelled to stand her earlier and are available to phrases, eventually, with the tragedies she’s buried.
“A breathtaking story . . . Intangibly, intricately brilliant.” — Telegraph (UK)