The Last Nude

The Last Nude breaks important ground for literature, and does so with exuberance, skill and grace.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“[The Last Nude is] the kind of offbeat, risky book that’s threatened with extinction by an increasingly risk-averse publishing industry… It will not surprise you to learn that painting isn’t all that transpires in Tamara’s studio.  But what might surprise and delight you–it did me– is the brilliance on display when Avery writes sex.  Scenes that might fall flat or offend, written by a lesser talent, singe the page… Writing this novel was an act of courage and a display of exceptional talent. Publishing it was an act of good judgment, and a leap of faith.”

Boston Globe

“ ….. a compulsively readable novel that brings to life a diva whose biography is as titillating as her paintings.”

Washington Post

“ …. absorbing, affecting, and agitating.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Avery’s breathtaking shimmer of first love and its aftermath will turn heads.”

Booklist (starred review)

” …. an erotic pas de deux between the artist and a comely naïf bewildered to discover that her beauty no longer belongs to her.”


“A Passionate Portrait of an Artist and Her Muse” Jacki Lyden interviews Avery on NPR

Elaine Lies interviews Avery for Reuters’ Book Talk

Keri Walsh interviews Avery for Public Books

The Last Nude – US

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