Hey, I get to play Mailbox Monday after all! I just received an ARC copy of "The Only True Genius in the Family" by Jennie Nash. Ms. Nash sent this copy to me to read, of course, but to also pass around my book club. It will be released on February 3rd.
From Jennie Nash's website:
"The Only True Genius in the Family inspires discussions about inheritance, jealousy, what it takes to make art and the nature of genius. There are all kinds of juicy mother-daughter and father-daughter topics within those themes."
Now, in a story set against the heroic landscape of the American West, she gives us a story about three generations of artists who are grappling with the source of creativity and the limits of love.
Claire has a successful career as a food photographer, a loving husband, a gorgeous home on the beach, and a daughter whose career as a painter is in the brink of taking off. The one thing she doesn’t have is the acceptance of her father, a legendary landscape photographer who believed that, in their family, genius skipped a generation.
When her father drops dead, Claire suddenly loses confidence in herself and her art. Even worse, she starts to feel jealous of her daughter’s success. As she helps prepare a retrospective of her famous father’s work, she uncovers evidence that he struggled and loved in ways she never imagined – a revelation that changes everything she believes about herself.