Bestselling writer Myla Goldberg started writing her most recent novel, Feast Your Eyes, to explore the question: “Is it possible to be both an excellent artist and an excellent parent, or to be one of those, do you have to kick the other to the curb?”
Taking inspiration from mid-century street photographers like Diane Arbus, Vivan Maier and Sally Mann, Goldberg provides a stunning portrait of a photographer and mother though the form of an exhibition catalogue compiled by her daughter, Samantha. Her voice, alternately tender and barbed, provides descriptions of her mother’s work, punctuated by the voices of friends, lovers and gallerists who witnessed her mother's struggles and triumphs.
“From Bee Season (2000) onward, Goldberg has portrayed girls and young women with fluent sensitivity.… This is a novel of infinite depth, of caring authenticity both intimate and societal, of mothers and daughters, art and pain, and transcendent love.”
—Donna Seaman, Booklist, STARRED
Feast Your Eyes stands alongside Goldberg’s debut novel Bee Season as another sort of coming of age story, offering vivid stories of growing up, and the lives of unforgettable families. Her novels appeal to a wide range of audiences and she has spoken at colleges, secondary schools, city-wide programs and arts venues.
Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Feast Your Eyes, The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and Bee Season. Her books have been named finalists for the National Book Critics’ Circle award, the Carnegie Medal, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. She writes and teaches in Brooklyn.