With cleverness and imagination, vivid historical detail and great heart ... Myla Goldberg ... has reemerged [from her publishing hiatus] with a stunning success, what feels like the book she was always meant to write. I certainly felt like it was the book I was meant to read—the first novel that has brought me to tears in a long time, out of the intensity of my involvement with its characters and concern ... By the time I finished this book, Lillian Preston seemed as real to me as any [feminist artist of the past], and I will remember her as long. Through its intense focus on a series of photographs, a group of quirky characters and a particular time in our cultural history, Feast Your Eyes becomes a universal and profound story of love and loss.
The collage of impressions and reactions creates a holistic portrait that also allows Samantha and more secondary characters, like Lillian’s high school boyfriend, to reveal their own complexities. Lillian herself—selfishly single-minded in her artistic drive but genuinely protective of her child and often desperately lonely—is both larger than life and thoroughly human. A riveting portrait of an artist who happens to be a woman.