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Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery

Decatur Library Auditorium

January 10, 2012, 7:15 P.M.

Ellis Avery’s second novel, ”The Last Nude,” is a stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. A young woman agrees to model for the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, and the two become lovers, the young woman becoming the artist’s most iconic Jazz age image. But their idyll is threatened by historical forces and the strains of a passionate relationship. Drawn from real-life events, ”The Last Nude” is ”a dazzling work of historical imagination.” Ellis Avery studied Japanese for five years in New York and Kyoto and now teaches creative writing at Columbia University. Her first novel was ”The Teahouse Fire” and she also has written a nonfiction work, ”The Smoke Week.”