Feast Your Eyes



Feast Your Eyes The First Novel In Nearly A Decade From Myla Goldberg, The Award Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Bee Season A Compelling And Wholly Original Story About A Female Photographer Grappling With Ambition And Motherhood, A Balancing Act Familiar To Women Of Every Generation Feast Your Eyes, Framed As The Catalogue Notes From A Photography Show At The Museum Of Modern Art, Tells The Life Story Of Lillian Preston America S Worst Mother, America S Bravest Mother, America S Worst Photographer, Or America S Greatest Photographer, Depending On Who Was Talking After Discovering Photography As A Teenager Through Her High School S Photo Club, Lillian Rejects Her Parents Expectations Of College And Marriage And Moves To New York City In 1955 When A Small Gallery Exhibits Partially Nude Photographs Of Lillian And Her Daughter Samantha, Lillian Is Arrested, Thrust Into The National Spotlight, And Targeted With An Obscenity Charge Mother And Daughter S Sudden Notoriety Changes The Course Of Both Of Their Lives And Especially Lillian S Career As She Continues A Life Long Quest For Artistic Legitimacy And Recognition.Narrated By Samantha, Feast Your Eyes Reads As A Collection Of Samantha S Memories, Interviews With Lillian S Friends And Lovers, And Excerpts From Lillian S Journals And Letters A Collage Of Stories And Impressions, Together Amounting To An Astounding Portrait Of A Mother And An Artist Dedicated, Above All, To A Vision Of Beauty, Truth, And Authenticity.

Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Bee Season, Wickett s Remedy, and The False Friendas well as a children s book, Catching the Moon.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Feast Your Eyes
  • Myla Goldberg
  • 04 January 2018
  • 9781501197840

10 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Myla Goldberg, you are writing genius Feast Your Eyes is the story of photographer and mother, Lillian Preston Lillian connects to photography in high school when she participates in photo club Her parents have expectations that she ll attend college and get married as women do in the 1950s Instead, Lillian moves to New York City to pursue her photography dreams A small gallery displays semi nude photos of Lillian and her young daughter, Samantha, which ends in Lillian being arrested and known throughout all the media channels The attention they receive changes the courses of both of their lives, and Lillian is forever on a quest to legitimize her artistry and talent Samantha is the narrator of the novel, and she writes of her memories Lillian s friends and lovers are interviewed There are journal entries and letters as well, which all add to the interest and intrigue with this story All of this comes together into a glorious picture of a woman who seeks to do it all and is criticized for it all A real woman, a relatable woman, an...

  2. Cheri says:

    Just as I was beginning to worry that waiting was all there would ever be, I picked up a camera but you know this already You re the only one who understands when I say that making pictures makes me fully and truly myself Lillian s love of photography began through her high school photo club, and her love led to a desire to pursue her passion, hoping that one day she would be working as a photographer for a magazine or newspaper Shortly after her graduation, she forgoes her parents plans for her to attend college and moves to New York City in the mid 1950s.Her story is shared, in part, as a catalog of a photography exhibit, so you are able to see much of her life through her eyes and her vision of capture worthy moments, her journal entries as well as letters, interviews of friends and lovers, and through her daughter s eyes and memories There is in one way, Lillian s personal story, her journey to become the photographer that would not only shoot beautiful photographs, but one that could share a truth that would move people, never imagining her work would alienate them Inspired by photographers such as Sally Mann, Diane Arbus and the stories of their struggles as females, as well as female photographers in an era when that was an anomaly, the main story of this is one that Sally Mann is perhaps associated with An innocent photograph of a young girl, in Lillian s case her daughter Samantha, wearing unde...

  3. Drew says:

    Absolutely loved this A story of photography, of New York, of art, of mothers and daughters, of love and time Goldberg s structure is a joy, and I thrilled to imagine each of the 118 photographs but to also see the exploration of Lillian Preston as a person, as told throu...

  4. Robert Sheard says:

    This is the a story of a photographer and her daughter But the form is unique It s 13 years after the photographer s death and there s a retrospective show of her work The novel is the catalog for that show s 118 photographs The catalog is written by her daughter and includes excerpts from the photographer s journal written to her daughter , and interviews with other significant figures from the photographer s life What develops see what I did there is a powerful portrait oops, did it again of a photographer who breaks new ground by challenging the norms of the art form, but who unwittingly creates a scandal and suffers again and again as her art comes between her daughter and he...

  5. Deborah says:

    In her latest novel, Goldberg tries something new writing the entire book in the form of a photography exhibition catalog yet we never see a single photograph The gallery number, title, and date of each photo appear, followed by commentary by the artist s daughter, friends and ex lovers, and letters and journal entries written by the artist herself The works range from the 1950s, when Lillian Preston rejects her parents plan for her college education and moves to New York to pursue her passion in photography, to her death from leukemia in 1977 A quiet woman, Lillian nevertheless manages to choose her own path When she finds herself pregnant at 19, she declines an abortion at the last minute and rejects her parents offer to help by sending her off to a distant relative to have the child and give it up for adoption She struggles to keep herself and her daughter Samantha afloat financially, even rejecting another offer of marriage, but she never stops taking photos A breaking point almost comes when a small gallery show results in arrest and obscenity charges over the Samantha series that depicts Lillian s daughter in semi undress These include what becomes an infamous photo, Mommy Is Sick, in which Samantha offers a glass of milk to her bedridden, bloodstained mother whop has just had an abortion No spoilers here the photo and the incident are described in the novel s first pages The incident caused changes in the mother daughter relationship that are the focus of most of ...

  6. Lolly K Dandeneau says:

    via my blog Just as I was beginning to worry that waiting was all there would ever be, I picked up a camera but you know this already Myla Goldberg states in her acknowledgements that she was inspired by the life and work of people like Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, and Harold Feinstein just to name a few and it certainly shows in the creation of her fictional character, Lillian Preston This novel is beautiful, we are able to feast our own eyes on subjects Lillian photographs as much as the life of a photographer Rather than stating someone is a photographer, the reader is witness to the inspiration and expression of Lillian s passions, of breaking out of her cage when she was young, and the consequences self expression through art costs her child and parents, anyone that is both inside or outside her orbit Feast Your Eyes is a love story of pictures but so of mother and daughter and it isn t always pretty The ending gutted me, as a mother and as a daughter because I could feel the pain of both, all the regrets.Lillian is born with hungry eyes, her purpose is to strip people naked through her series of work, sometimes shocking and vulgar making her the Worse Mother in the World and other times going without notice A field trip when she is young, a rocket in her chest when she sees photograph...

  7. Melissa Dee says:

    What a beautiful book I was dubious about the conceit of writing the novel in the form of a museum catalogue, but Goldberg handled this so well In my memory, I see the photos she described as if they were part of the novel itself From the annotations of Lillian s journal, her daughter s interviews with roommates, parents and lovers, and the daughter s own memories, we come to know so many facets of the woman as she developed over time Some mornings I m so heavy with dread I can hardly move What mother hasn t felt like that at some point And Lillian has so much talent and such a compelling drive to exercise that talent It is hard to imagine her choosing to share her life with a child, and yet how impossible to imagine her life without her daughter Samantha in it The characters in Feast Your ...

  8. Marcy says:

    4.5 This to me was a sad story of missed cues and opportunities between a mother and daughter who desperately needed each other s love and couldn t seem to connect The format used to relate the story was a great way to make what would have been a slow story move along and add depth to the characters...

  9. Lynne says:

    A must read book for anyone remotely interested in photographic art Especially women This is a wonderfully presented book about the life of an artist Her passion drives her life The camera is an appendage of her as...

  10. Sharon Mensing says:

    This book is brilliant Lillian Preston is a photographer during the 1960 s and 70 s, and Samantha is both her daughter and the subject of a series of highly controversial photos The book is told from Samantha s perspective after Lillian s death, in an epistolary manner Most of the book is framed as a catalogue for a MOMA show of Lillian s work, with each piece titled, dated, and interpreted Additional exposition is contained in Lillian s diary entries, letters to a life long friend, and other documents While this sounds as though it might be jarring, Goldberg masterfully weaves Samantha s coming of age, Lillian s struggles with social and economic s, a sense of the societal changes taking place in the 60 s and 70 s, and the relationship between Lillian and Samantha into these individual documents The...

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