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Living Dolls and Other Women
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Spring 2021
304 pages
Kindle (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781771835596
ISBN10: 1771835591
$11.95 Canada, $9.95 US, £7.95 UK

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In our era of #MeToo and fresh attempts to break the gender biased holds on our culture, a portrait of gender bias in the art world offers a microcosm of the pervasive challenges to achieving equality. Living Dolls and Other Women provides a fictionalized account of that world set against the pervasive sexual harassment in every corner of urban daily life. Set in the late 1980s, with New York City in the middle of a real estate crash, Living Dolls and Other Women chronicles the lives of five urban women as well as an activist organization comprised of women in the art world, the Living Dolls. Living Dolls and Other Women is an urban drama, chock full of action: crime, mystery, culture, and romance. The book takes on the contemporary issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, artistic merit, feminism, family values, and sexual preference. It delves into the main characters' lives and traces dramatic and personal transformations of each. The comical yet dead serious antics of the Living Dolls thread through the novel as the backbone of the book
Maria feels she's back to business herself, and on to something. A crack in the case, finally. Perhaps. “It had absolutely nothing to do with their gender.” Frank tenses again, and his body stiffens. “I don't even look at the bios before I review the art work. I just didn't like their work enough. None of it was as good as the stuff I did take. There's nothing I can do about that. I pick the artists strictly according to merit, it's as plain as that.” “And why, then, do you give the few female artists you take on such small commissions? Can you go over that for me again, Frank?”

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