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Broken Colors [Paperback]

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Tells the story of the eventful, creative life of artist Sophie Marks.

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In Broken Colors, Michele Zackheim has written a story of a remarkable woman whose long, eventful life takes her to the place where life and art intersect. Born in England during the First Word War, Sophie Marks has never known her mother or father. Her bohemian grandparents introduce her to the world of art - but her studies in London teach her that creativity alone cannot sustain a rewarding life.
After the Second World War sews its desperation and unimaginable loss, Sophie flees to Paris where a new life awaits. As her painting blossoms, a possibility for happiness appears in the form of Luca Bondi, a talented Italian sculptor. But when their relationship begins to crumble after years of artistic and romantic fulfillment, she realizes she must once again take flight and invent a new destiny for herself. In a journey that takes Sophie to the American Southwest, critical acclaim and retrospectives in leading museums elevate her stature over the next two decades. She does not realize how isolated she has become, how far she has drifted from that magical intersection until she is visited by someone from her former life seeking comfort and direction. With this person's help she decides to return to Europe, to confront the hidden memories of her childhood in England and to test the possibilities of renewed love, a passion ripened by maturity.

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Pages   318
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372370  
ISBN13  9781933372372  

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More About Michele Zackheim

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michele Zackheim worked as a visual artist before turning to writing. She has shown in numerous museums and galleries. She is also the author of Einstein's Daughter, nonfiction, and Violette's Embrace. She lives with her husband in New York.

Michele Zackheim currently resides in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical

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Enriching tale of an artist's life  Apr 27, 2008
When I first started Broken Colors, I was thrown off by the almost technical descriptions of paint colors (I just couldn't imagine them easily) and by some stiff dialog in the opening chapters. I'm so glad I stuck with the story, as it read like a biography, revealing layer upon layer of a woman artist's life, through childhood, war, death, remembrance, love and loss. It's all viewed through a visual artist's lens (the multi-talented Zackheim is a painter as well as a writer); somehow I imagined Georgia O'Keefe as an inspiration for the Sophie Marks character (even if just a flicker). I couldn't put this down, it was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time.
An Artist's Obsessive Existence  Mar 7, 2008
There is something about the days of an artist that differ from the days of others. This book examines that phenomenon within the prism of colors. It is wistful, yet glorious. Urgent , yet spacious.
artist lives  Feb 7, 2008

A novel with little story and even less character development. The only thing that kept me going was the author's frequent references to art and the ideas of an artist's life.
Broken Colors is the one-of-a-kind tale of a shining life's multifaceted journey.  Feb 6, 2008
Broken Colors is the novel of a talented female artist who must come to grips with the difficult realities of life. Born in England during the first world war and raised by her bohemian grandparents, Sophie Marks learns how to pour her soul into works of art; yet creativity alone cannot bring her fulfillment. After the terrible devastation of the second world war, she flees to Paris and tries to start over. She forms a relationship with a talented Italian sculptor; yet after years pass, what they had gradually crumbles away. She takes flight again, this time to the American Southwest. Brilliant yet isolated, it takes the arrival of someone from her former life to spur her to confront memories of her childhood in England and seek love renewed amid her maturity. Emotional, passionate, and introspective, Broken Colors is the one-of-a-kind tale of a shining life's multifaceted journey.
The uphill struggle of an artist  Dec 23, 2007
This portrait depicts Sophie, an aspiring artist growing up in the interwar period in Europe. The novel however spans several decades and two continents with a vivid sense of place and time. A moving tale of what it takes to make it in the art world, Broken Colors is a must read for young artists. However, most any reader may identify with Sophie's personal sacrifice, determination and spirit.

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