The Only True Genius in the Family

The Only True Genius in the Family

Then, as she helps prepare a retrospective of her famous father's photographs, Claire uncovers revelations about him that change everything she believes about herself as a mother, a daughter, and an artist...

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In The Only True Genius in the Family, the central character Claire is a food photographer with a successful career. Adding to this feeling of self doubt comes Claires daughter, Bailey, who not only has a special relationship with Claires impossibly difficult father, but is an outstanding artist in her own right. With this rich material, author Nash never gets maudlin, but instead takes us into Claires world, and allows us to feel her pain, as she literally begins to lose her own creative vision with the death of her father.

In The Only True Genius in the Family, the central character Claire is a food photographer with a successful career. Adding to this feeling of self doubt comes Claire's daughter, Bailey, who not only has a special relationship with Claire's impossibly difficult father, but is an outstanding artist in her own right. With this rich material, author Nash never gets maudlin, but instead takes us into Claire's world, and allows us to feel her pain, as she literally begins to lose her own creative vision with the death of her father.

She isn't the genius her father has been labeled, but she's happy with her work and feels comfortable with the niche she has carved out for herself. She's married to Harrison, a hard working, supportive and loving husband who helps her with her business. She has a daughter, Bailey, an artist who is graduating from college and starting a promising career of her own. While helping to put together a retrospective of her father's work, Claire begins to question her own career; every decision, every photo she takes. It doesn't help Claire's confidence that Bailey's young career is starting to shine or that it all seems to come so naturally to her. Claire begins to wonder if the genius that her father had in him is in Bailey, but absent in her own genes. Jennie Nash's THE ONLY TRUE GENIUS IN THE FAMILY is a great book for so many reasons. Families have flaws and in showing Claire's flaws, it brought a realistic feel to the story. I wondered while reading, if that's how the author wanted Claire to be perceived, or was it just me?

Claire thought that she could get into photography as well so she tried when she was younger and failed, but picked it up later in life and became a food photographer for cook books and the such. Bailey and Claires father had a bond that two artists shared. Claire lived her life with divorced parents and a feeling of separation with her father.

As the main character explores her grief and the history of her relationship with her father, she finds that she struggles with the vision she relies on in her own work: that of photographing food for commercial use.

She also lives with a daughter who seems to have the same genius with art as her father.

After graduation, Ms. Nash moved to New York City, where she worked as an editorial assistant at Ballantine Books and an assistant editor at New York Woman magazine. Her personal essays and articles have appeared in dozens of national magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers Digest. Ms. Nashs second book, The Victorias Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer (Scribner, October 2001; Plume Paperback, October 2002) is the story of how the illness made her a wise old woman at the age of 36. The Victorias Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming was a LifetimeTV Bookshelf Pick for October, 2001 and was featured in prominent ads in six major Hearst womens magazines.

  • English

  • Fiction

  • Rating: 3.43
  • Pages: 292
  • Publish Date: February 3rd 2009 by Berkley Books
  • Isbn10: 0425225755
  • Isbn13: 9780425225752