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Award-winning author Nancy Huston follows her bestselling novel, Fault Lines
, winner of the Prix Femina, with an intensely provocative story about a passionate yet emotionally-wounded woman's sexual explorations.
After a troubled childhood and two failed marriages, Rena Greenblatt has achieved success as a photographer. She specializes in infrared techniques that expose her pictures' otherwise hidden landscapes and capture the raw essence of deeply private moments in the lives of her subjects.
Away from her lover, and stuck in Florence, Italy, with her infuriating stepmother and her aging, unwell father, Rena confronts not only the masterpieces of the Renaissance but the banal inconveniences of a family holiday. At the same time, she finds herself traveling into dark and passionate memories that will lead to disturbing revelations. Infrared
is both an explicitly bold story of how sexuality is influenced by childhood, family, and culture, and a portrait of a woman coming to terms with the end of her father's life. With exceptional flair and intelligence, Huston fearlessly investigates the links between family intimacies and our collective lives, between destruction and creation.
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year
"Huston shows her mastery of complicated structure, wide culural knowledge, and brilliant, assured portraiture."The Globe and Mail
There is something eminently subversive in Nancy Huston’s latest novel. A forty-five-year-old woman dares to talk about her sexuality, her immense desire for men. But even more, Infrared is a staggering expression of the power of art as salvation.”Voir (Canada)
"Compelling . . . A finely written examination of sexual politics and the importance of emotional triage."Quill & Quire
Poetic . . . A ruminative and sensual read.”Zoe Whittall, National Post (Canada)
An intense and sensual novel”France Soir
Nancy Huston is in top form writing about individual and collective memories, and she knows better than most how to dramatize family destinies.”Le Monde des Livres
"Infrared, written in lyrical slivers and voluptuous prose is an engaging work."Canberra Times (Australia)