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The Surface of Motion
Green Integer Series No.: 169
ISBN: 978-1-933382-30-2, Pages: 86
Calling on other art forms, present and past—the music of 20th century composer Messiaen, the paintings of Bergognone—Rebecca Goodman's first novel, The Surface of Motion, explores art and time, time and memory, and the relationship of art to the lives of those who create and live it. An unnamed woman who works as a restorer of Renaissance art in Milan, reflects, simultaneously, on restoring not fully experienced and forgotten moments of her own life, attempting to understand the people she knew, how they shaped her, and how they belong to and act out the eternal stories of our culture's mythos. Goodman's language, compacted, refined, elegantly expands off the page to fill the space as she invites her readers to meditate on variations of reading, drawing the reader into the book and encouraging him or her to experience their own worlds anew.
Living in Los Angeles, Goodman teaches literature and writing, and is co-director of the 2008 biannual literary festival, &NOW.