Rachel Lyon has written a haunting tale of how a singular, devastating event in the life of a young woman photographer changes the trajectory of her life and comes to define her utterly. Beautifully imagined and flawlessly executed, Self-Portrait With Boy will suggest, to some readers, the obsessive interiority of the great Diane Arbus, conjoined with an original and disturbing examination of the ill-defined borders between life and art.
Striking. . . a smart novel about the narcissistic ambition that’s needed to succeed.
A candid, adroit debut. . . written in raw, honest prose, this is an affecting and probing moral tale.
Rachel Lyon navigates a spectrum of loyalty and betrayal like a tightrope-walker, with all of the attendant suspense. A life-changing moral choice powers this atmospheric novel which shows what can happen when you do what scares you most.
A subtly elegiac yet fierce look at the blurred boundaries between life and art, loyalty and morality.