Set in 1990s New York, Slow Reveal paints an extraordinary portrait of artists who defy the arbiters of culture and challenge social norms. Art, addiction, and family dynamics capsize the Kanes when they discover the parallel life of Katharine, film editor, mother, lover, and wife.
“A poem is never finished, only abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry, an outcome echoed in her decade-long affair with Naomi, a lesbian poet. Katharine’s marriage to Jonathan collapses in his struggle with sobriety when he’s ostracized for politicizing art and abandons his career for advertising. Faced with confrontations from her two grown daughters, an installation artist and an aspiring writer, Katharine hangs onto her former life. When unforeseen tragedy strikes, devotion and commitment are not the guardrails that keep their work or relationships on track but rather a form of entrapment.
A captivating story about relevance at the end of the 20th century, the novel questions the voracious demands of contemporary society through a riveting portrayal of turbulent family life, impacted by art shaped by the media and influenced by social and political injustice. Success is redefined by the courage to embark on the artistic process, as risky, messy and unpredictable as building intimacy and trust in love.
“Loving is an art in Melanie Mitzner’s ambitious debut about a discordant family of eclectic artists whose lives are thrown into question with an unexpected death. Told with compassion and intelligence, this poignant tale of love, longing and addiction provides a vivid look into the lives of talented and troubled creators, each yearning for relevance and lasting connection.”
—Christopher DiRaddo, author of The Family Way and The Geography of Pluto
“A joy to read and so hard to say “goodbye” to this cast of characters as I came to the end of Slow Reveal. Mitzner utterly succeeds in telling this intricate story of two women, a poet and a film editor, in which the literary and filmic slow reveal of the title sustains the reader’s interest from start to finish. Deeply philosophical and profoundly human, one is drawn into the lives of a multi-generational New York family in which making art, and living a life well-lived, are investigated with heart, intelligence and passion. Slow Reveal is a quiet and urgent page-turner about devotion and intimacy, and what it means to find love and meaning in the process of becoming increasingly true to oneself through the years.”
—Carolyn Boll, poet, curator, author of Social Dance, a Book of Ballroom Poetry
“Melanie Mitzner’s latest novel is a sensual, slow reveal of love’s narcotic qualities, our inability to swear off it, even as it weakens us. We’re plunged into the lives of characters bound by family as they free-fall in richly physical and symbolic worlds. The constant low hum of erotic tension sings to the cravings that course through us.”
—April Ford, author of Carousel, 2020 International Book Awards Winner for LGBTQ Fiction
“As the former Canadian director of French publisher Albin-Michel, I worked on French translations of some very talented authors, including Guy Vanderhaghe, Dan Chaon and David Treuer. When Melanie Mitzner’s Slow Reveal was presented to me, I read with great pleasure the literary work. There was much to admire in her narrative skills and the emotional integrity of her characters. Her novel was so captivating I could not put it down.”
—France Desroches, Former Canadian Director, Albin-Michel
“Slow Reveal lovingly combines the powers of the creative drive and bonds of family, original and chosen. I read this in one sitting, way beyond my bedtime. Brava, Melanie Mitzner.”
—Floyd Memorial Library Director Lisa Richland (retired)
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Slow Reveal by Melanie Mitzner
reviewed by The Minerva Reader – August 8, 2022
And if you’re in the mood for fabulous fiction, don’t miss out Slow Reveal by Melanie Mitzner (Inanna Publications).
What a triumph of storytelling! If you enjoy a Jonathan Franzen novel (which I really do), then you’ll love Slow Reveal. I wasn’t sure what the title meant but all was revealed in beautiful, perfectly-timed detail. I loved the exploration of how we yearn for clearly impossible happy endings and tidy solutions (that frankly, don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever succeeding) – but, how things can also be so much better than we could ever have imagined. I’m reminded of Kintsugi (‘golden joinery’), also known as Kintsukuroi (‘golden repair’), which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the broken pieces together with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Slow Reveal is a reassembled vase, all the more beautiful for the cracks and breaks.
Evidence of Melanie Mitzner’s truly lovely prose flows off every page. Rich characterizations and sensual descriptions brought this book instantly to life in a gorgeous cinematic way. I also loved the exploration of what it means to be an artist, a writer, a poet.
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Slow Reveal by Melanie Mitzner
reviewed by Laurie Christine Burns
The Miramichi Reader – August 11, 2022
Slow Reveal is the debut novel by writer Melanie Mitzner from @inannapub – a multi generational family drama, set in New York in the 1990s; amid art, addiction and the meaning of love and family. It looks at the important and relevance of art and poetry and the risks of love…if you’re into the connections between art and love, meaning and relationships this would be a great read for you. A quiet page turner filled with difficult people.