Syndicated - 10/04/2009: There's a murder at the heart of this novel about the fundamental necessity of fierce feminist art, but the story is no whodunit. In the guise of entertainment -- and this is an evocative read -- Wolverton digs into the confounding question of how feminist ideals that fueled both art and life in years past might yet hold sway as creative women move into their middle and elder years. Those ideals still hold for defiant New York performance artist Gwen Kubacky, though reviewers haven't been kind to her recent work. So she's both wary and intrigued when a young art student, Emma Firestein, asks Gwen to critique her fledgling art. When Emma is killed by a man while out clubbing, comrades from the era of LABRYS -- a short-lived radical feminist school of the 1970s -- come together for a memorial, where both old feuds and old passions resurface. There's a whiff of nostalgia to Wolverton's story, but its emotional assessment of an era and its hope that feminist art still matters are inspirational.Daisy's Dead Air
9/2009: These are the perfect tiny snapshots and vignettes that make this book worthwhile and wonderful... As always, the women argue all through the novel, validating and not-validating each other. As feminists always have. Don't miss this one, particularly all you feminists over 40. Certainly, one of these carefully-and-lovingly-drawn heroines is you.
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