White on White

White on White

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A "marvelous" (Lauren Groff) and riveting novel about a woman who has come undone.

A student moves to the city to research Gothic nudes. She rents an apartment from a painter, Agnes, who lives in another town with her husband. One day, Agnes arrives in the city and settles into the upstairs studio.

In their meetings on the stairs, in the studio, at the corner café, the kitchen at dawn, Agnes tells stories of her youth, her family, her marriage, and ideas for her art - which is always just about to be created. As the months pass, it becomes clear that Agnes might not have a place to return to. The student is increasingly aware of Agnes's disintegration. Her stories are frenetic; her art scattered and unfinished, white paint on a white canvas.

What emerges is the menacing sense that every life is always at the edge of disaster, no matter its seeming stability. Alongside the research into human figures, the student is learning, from a cool distance, about the narrow divide between happiness and resentment, creativity and madness, contentment and chaos.

White on White is a sharp exploration of empathy and cruelty, and the stunning discovery of what it means to be truly vulnerable, and laid bare.

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    White on White Reviews

  • Adam Dalva

    Okay, so I'm a sucker for slim books about painting where characters have intense philosophical discussions and not much happens on the surface for the first two thirds...I fully concede that this is ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    —sublime —sparse —eloquent —evocative translucent — prose. The faceted and interesting characters jump off the page into your heads and crack your heart open…. …with one intriguing sente...

  • Jaylen

    White on White is a deceptively sinister novel on the liminal spaces of various dualities and how they are reflected in art and personal intimacy. Nearly every sentence of this novel mines the depths ...

  • Cherise Wolas

    It could be just what I'm reading, but it is both fascinating and odd how often novels these days feature unnamed narrators, narrators as reflections, receptacles, sponges, the backboards against whic...

  • Chris Haak

    4,5I loved this! It's style reminded me of Cusk's Outline trilogy; the detached voice, observing and telling about others, whilst not saying very much about herself. Beautifully written, interesting m...

  • reading is my hustle

    slim novel about the intersection of life & art. we're given a front row seat to the relationship between another unnamed narrator & an enigmatic painter named agnes. much like Second Place or Whereab...

  • Vincent S.

    Loved the ending. After reading this book, I’m feeling, weirdly, like I want to emulate the narrator in her relationship with Agnes: to listen, without offering much feedback, without intervening....

  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar

    White on White by Aysegül Savas unfolds in the first-person point of view of a nameless student—probably a female although that is never specified—conducting research on Gothic nude sculptures of...

  • Avery

    that ENDING...

  • David

    The narrator and Agnes are interlocked, each the other’s subject, meticulously observed and committed to memory through art (in the narrator’s case this memoir, in that of Agnes a strange gothic r...