Title: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Author: Lauren Karcz
Publication date: July 25th 2017
Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.
Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.
Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.
At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.
I think the synopsis says it all here. I adore books with F/F romances, but the fact that it also features art and family relationships makes it sound absolutely perfect! And it sounds a bit magical realism-ish? Sign. Me. Up.
I do have to be honest with you and say that I really don’t like the cover. I’m a big fan of those pastel cutesy contemporary covers, but the fact that it might have something to do with the art in the book makes it a lot better. However, if I didn’t know this book and saw it somewhere in a bookstore, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Thank God for Goodreads, right?