Title Profile & Character Information

The Great Man

Annotation
"Oscar Feldman, the "Great Man," was a New York City painter of the heroic generation of the forties and fifties. But instead of the abstract canvases of the Pollocks and Rothkos, he stubbornly hewed to painting one subject - the female nude. When he died in 2001, he left behind a wife, Abigail, an autistic son, and a sister, Maxine, herself a notable abstract painter - all duly noted in the New York Times obituary." "What few know is that Oscar Feldman led an entirely separate life in Brooklyn with his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their twin daughters. As the incorrigibly bohemian Teddy puts it, "He couldn't live without a woman around. It was like water to a plant for him." Now two rival biographers, book contracts in hand, are circling around Feldman's life story, and each of these three women - Abigail, Maxine, and Teddy-will have a chance to tell the truth as they experienced it."--BOOK JACKET.

Awards
2008  PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Characters
NameFeldman, Abigail
GenderFemale
TraitsWidows
Mother

NameSt. cloud, Teddy
GenderFemale
TraitMother

NameFeldman, Maxine
GenderFemale
OccupationPainter

GenreFiction
Domestic
Biographical
TopicsBiographers
Artists
Painters
Husbands and wives
Mistresses
Love affairs
Widows
Brothers and sisters
Family relationships
Truth
Secrets
Resentment
Family secrets
SettingNew York