Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

Addison Stone was the girl on the brink of becoming a huge name in the NYC art scene. She was the one everyone was talking about and the one her competitors were gunning for. She was mysterious and sought after. But one night, while putting up an art piece, Addison Stone plunged off the Brooklyn Bridge. Was it an accident, a murder or did Addison jump?

Adele Griffin tells the story of the fictional artist by creating newspaper clippings and photos as well as conversations with all the characters who knew her. There's her best friend Lucy, who knew the girl before she was discovered, knew her mental health issues and worried about Addison's life in the big city. Then there are the boys who loved her and the family that didn't understand her. All this is intertwined with Addison's artwork and photos of the girl who can't tell us her side of the story.

This is a big, swirling, collage of a novel. It's put together like a piece of art, which is fitting for this story about an artist's too short life. By the time you're done, you'll be wishing you could visit a retrospective of Addison Stone's work at a museum near you.

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