These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its
unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's
narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse,
each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and
feeling--about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may
suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Beautifully
written, intensely observed, The Matisse Stories is fiction of
Full of delight and humor...The Matisse Stories is studded with
brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of
conversation and emotion.--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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