Size: 6 x 9
Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo is the story of three generations of Frida Kahlos, all fictitious, who follow the original, the Mexican painter who died in 1954. They are all artists; they all share Frida's characteristic dark-winged eyebrow and her penchant for a frog-prince presence in their lives, similar, perhaps, to Diego Rivera. Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo begins in Northern California, with the first Frida, moves to New York, Leipzig, Stockholm, and back to California, where the three generations find a sense of peace in their unusual lives.
"He was so cruel to her....This is my first comment about the Kahlo painting we're standing in front of. It is a self-portrait, but it also includes Diego Rivera, who is standing to Frida's left. Orlando is standing to my right and it's as though we're in front of a mirror. Frida and I really are identical and she must be just my age in this painting. Orlando is much more frog-like than Diego, uglier most people would say, and he doesn't have the intensity of the artist in his face, nor the cruelty. But the huge mass of the man combined with his supreme self-assurance and wise timeless eyes gives him a regal presence in the room."
Review: "This episodic novel aims to conjure Kahlo, with distinctive features like her heavy brow and allegiance to Diego Rivera, as a mutable entity living through the three female artists as they navigate life, love, and art."
Bio: KENNETH KUENSTER was first a painter and then a photographer. He began to write seven years ago, and Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo is his first novel.