Costalegre

Costalegre

One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019. A Best Book of Summer at amNY, Moda Operandi, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, and Thrillist. A Best Book of July at The Washington Post, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, TIME Magazine, and Mind Body Green. It is 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. In the haute-bohemian circles of Austria, Germany, and Paris, Hitler is One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019. A Best Book of Summer at amNY, Moda Operandi, Publi...

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Title:Costalegre
Author:Courtney Maum
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1947793365
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Costalegre Reviews

  • Courtney Landis
    Jun 11, 2019
    Costalegre is loosely based on the story of Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, who I didn?t really know anything about besides the association with the art museum. Guggenheim was a sort-of-boho patroness of the arts in the early 20th century, and in the 30?s during Hitler?s rise ...
  • Marcy Dermansky
    Jun 06, 2019
    Courtney Maum takes us into this other world, where 15-year-old Lara lives in a world of eccentric artists escaping World War II. Hitler, we learned, made terrible water colors. And Lara wants to paint and to be loved and to have a door to her room. ...
  • Sharon
    Jun 01, 2019
    This short novel is a stunner. Inspired by the complex relationship between art (and artist) collector Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Maum creates a vivid and striking voice in Lara, a precocious and lonely girl coming of age in a tumultuous time. Despite the quick read, Lara wil...
  • Jamie
    Jan 15, 2019
    As with every Tin House book I've ever read, this novel does not disappoint. Strange and atmospheric, I fell into the world of this young girl whose life is a privileged tragedy. Living in a world of art and culture doesn't mean anything to her except loneliness. Working in the arts wo...
  • Annie
    Jun 16, 2019
    The author?s note at the end of Courtney Maum?s Costalegre shares the inspiration for the novel. Though the details and many of the names have been altered for this book, the kernel of the story is the life of Peggy Guggenheim. In the late 1930s and during World War II, Guggenheim ...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Jun 16, 2019
    Costalegre is one of those books that's easier to admire than to enjoy. In this short novel, a wealthy socialite named Leonora gets a small group of artists and writers out of Europe ahead of WWII and settles them in a remote house on the coast of Mexico. Anyone who's ever seen a seaso...
  • Jill
    Jun 25, 2019
    The year is 1937. A bitter little man disparagingly nicknamed Schlecty (better known to the world as Hitler) has declared a ban on modernism in the Reich. His former art school mates, denounced as degenerates, have been bankrolled by Leonora Calaway (think: Peggy Guggenheim) and fled t...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Jun 25, 2019
    This is a spare, elegiac, poetic, and moving book of longing, especially the hunger for parental love. I read it in one sitting. But I ask myself?would I have liked it as much if it wasn?t an historical, fictional portrait about the daughter of the celebrated and enigmatic Peggy Gu...
  • Cassie
    Jun 07, 2019
    Read it in a day, three settings. The voice, the extravagance, and the books of the whole world make this book just deliberate, and cunning, and beautiful. I have most pages dog eared for quotes to write down. Thanks Tin House for an ARC. ...
  • Drew
    Jul 21, 2019
    I love watching authors do their strange-historical-novel thing. A few recents that spring to mind include ISADORA, VISIBLE EMPIRE, AMERICA WAS HARD TO FIND, and now COSTALEGRE. Maum takes the story of the Guggenheims fleeing Europe before WWII to set up a surrealist enclave on the Pac...
  • Lydia A.
    May 31, 2019
    What if you decided to choose your own way? What if you followed the tiger into the woods instead of staying behind? This book was a quick read for me, but I never put it down! It?s deeply full of flora and fauna like a pop up book but for adults! The tension of whether or not a daug...
  • Kim McGee
    May 17, 2019
    Lara has been whisked away to Mexico with her eccentric mother and her band of artist outcasts. In the lush jungle, this unlikely group of artists continues to create and complain, a bit lost after being forced out of Nazi Europe. Lara is our teen narrator and she navigates through her...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    Jan 11, 2019
    ?The surrealists think that passion is important, that nightmares are important. But they don?t value simplicity, which is how I think of love. This patient, tense, and quiet thing that is leaving someone alone.? A new novel from Courtney Maum is always cause for celebration. ...
  • Maureen
    Jul 27, 2019
    1.2 stars only because it is an arbitrary number to represent the arbitrary nature of this book. Aimless, plotless, pointless, ineffectual, and a futile effort at a poorly executed vanity project. The only good thing I have to say about it is that I am done with it. I hated this book. ...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Aug 25, 2019
    This gem of a novel takes place in 1937 as WWII is about to commence. Hitler is in power and he is rounding up people who do not support his regime, perceived degenerates, and political enemies. Artists are among those in danger. Leonora Calaway is a rich heiress who is very interested...
  • Caroline
    Jun 07, 2019
    This was such a nice summer read. The main character was so relatable despite her unusual circumstances, and I really enjoyed matching characters' quirks with stories I have heard about various artists. The setting itself was a powerful character in this book, and I loved that it had s...
  • Lauren
    Jun 04, 2019
    Reminiscent of The Diary of Anne Frank and Anna Segher's writings in exile (think ?The Outing of the Dead Girls?), Courtney Maum's Costalegre is a coming-of-age tale about survival and the desire to be noticed and loved in the most extraordinary of circumstances. It's 1937 and L...
  • Emily Grace
    Jun 17, 2019
    Thank you to Tin House for sending me this ARC. All opinions are my own. Review to come. ...
  • Maria Hummel
    Sep 01, 2019
    This books is a wonderful way to re-inhabit the surrealist legacy and the influence of Peggy Guggenheim. Its winning narrator, 15 years old, troubled by her mother and curious about everything, makes the book's rare world feel universal. ...
  • Kelly Well Read
    May 10, 2019
    I'm reviewing Costalegre by Courtney Maum as I just turned the last page and it's still fresh on my mind. I will tell you that this is not a book I would normally choose to read, but after reading it I am again so impressed with the titles coming from Norton and Tin House lately. I lov...
  • Rachel
    Aug 20, 2019
    2.5 stars. The fictional artists presented in this book supported by the fictional Peggy Guggenheim are sniveling, self centered egoists who it would be painful to spend time with. Written as an epistolary novel in the form of a diary by the fictional Pegeen Guggenheim (daughter of Peg...
  • Courtney Maum
    Jan 10, 2019
    BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ. ...
  • Kiely Marie
    Jun 05, 2019
    This book was so stunning, and dreamy, and odd, and was such a poignant story of Surrealist art, World War II, the Mexican jungle, and a teenage girl stuck right in the middle of it. Parts of this book reminded me of Deborah Levy?s HOT MILK, particularly in the dreamy scenery of the ...
  • Jessica Klahr
    Jun 16, 2019
    I was in just the right mood for this quick, smart, and funny novel and I absolutely loved it. I liked that the concept was really honed in on and we only got the bare bones of the group of artists and their tribulations in Mexico; things could have easily veered into the overly histor...
  • Emily Strand
    Jul 26, 2019
    A chittering book full of vitality that asks big questions. I'm sure its audience is out there but not my cup of tea as I found little empathy with the characters...though the writing is lovely. ...
  • Melissa Anderson
    Jun 03, 2019
    This is a story told through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl, Lara. It is written as a diary with an occasional page from the Mexican Plants for American Gardens by Cecile Hulse Matchat dotted throughout. Lara has been whisked away by her mother, Leonora, along with her band of su...
  • Tanja Ivovic
    Aug 06, 2019
    No stars. This book is nothing more than a bored teenagers poorly written diary. Waste of time and definitely not an adult book. ...
  • D. Arthur
    May 31, 2019
    Love, love, love this book! I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. The entries in this fictional diary all feel marked by a heady, humid, anticipation, much like the novel's anticipation of the storm to come. Our teenage narrator, Lara, feels authentically adolescen...
  • Under Cover Book Club
    Jul 03, 2019
    Living an inescapable existence on a beach...with your mother. ...
  • Cassie (book__gal)
    Jul 18, 2019
    (3.5) Costalegre is based loosely on art heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen. It is narrated via diary entries from 15-year-old Lara after she has been transplanted to Mexico by her mother and her gaggle of eccentric artists, as fascism rises in late 1930s Europe. The sli...