The Correspondence Artist
A Novel by Barbara Browning
"This book is tricky, deft and deeply moving, like a literary fan dance. Mysterious, seductive, brave and modern, it cuts the myth of romance wide open, even as it bares its own heart."
- Rebecca Miller
"A truly 21st-century novel! The Correspondence Artist answers the question: what happens to epistolary romance in the age of digital communication? Love - the remix - and the remix - and the remix..."
- Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
"Browning relentlessly explores her theme of love's many faces, giving readers a rewardingly offbeat novel that's by turns sexy, humorous, and insightful."
- Publishers Weekly
"Barbara Browning’s The Correspondence Artist… is a mysterious romance we only get to see in the rarified aether of online communication, and she capably relays the sensation of that perilously ambiguous world… [The narrator is] so offhandedly intelligent and well-read that it makes the book a pleasure to read."
"Jam-packed with cultural references and lubricated body parts... in a fiction that merges with cultural theory. This is mail worth rifling through."
"[The Correspondence Artist is] a deft look at modern life that's both witty and devastating."
- Nylon Magazine
book, like the affair, is wrapped up in powerful feelings of
disconnect, confusion, and sexual need... Imagining a failed romance
through four different characters [gives] the story an unusual
liveliness, and Browning expertly filters critical moments through each
"Browning's writing is truly sexy. Playful and evocative... her prose [has] a vulnerability and poeticism... a ruthless confidence and powerful restraint reminiscent of DH Lawrence or Toni Morrison... The Correspondence Artist is a smartly complex and surprising work of art. More than being simply a 'novel' in the traditional sense, it takes that term a step further, existing in form as something truly innovative and new... a triumph of a debut."
- KGB Bar & Lit Journal
"Barbara Browning’s The Correspondence Artist applies stylistic juxtapositions in welcome and unexpected ways. This novel... is experimental in structure yet casual in tone. It’s an extended metaphor of a book that nonetheless abounds with insider details, art-world cameos, and precise images — even resorting to the occasional still frame to etch a particular scene onto the mind of the reader."
- Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"Only a New York University Performance Studies professor can write a novel about a love affair narrated via email, using four different avatars to protect the identity of a famous unnamed artist, that include a Basque separatist, an Israeli novelist, a Malian musician, and a Vietnamese multimedia artist, and pull it off [in a] comedic, intelligent book."
- Slice Magazine
"It's that good."
"This novel of an affair told prismatically is a love letter to letters, a passionate mix tape to the world of culture."
"The particular details... are sharp, witty, and well-developed: I experienced that nerdy thrill novel reading sometimes gives you when you learn something new... I'm interested in what a Malian musician would have to say to his Lacanian therapist, and the micro-history of ETA we get tickles me the way that getting another strange stamp in your passport might."
"The Correspondence Artist is an incredibly smart book... Browning both flaunts and expands the form of the novel with this book, one of the true literary breakthroughs of our young century."
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