Review of Alison on LARB

What Gold modeled for me was the idea that the writer delivers stories that the reader needs. The point is to do that job well.

WHEN I FIRST HEARD OF Alison Leslie Gold in the late eighties, I had no idea what a visionary author she was, or how much she would teach me about the writing life…

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HE RAISED his voice. “Cook!” Cook heard him and came to the doorway. “What do we have that would appease my sweet tooth?” Cook smiled, left and returned with a fancy box of marzipan that she pressed into the old man’s upturned hand. He pulled off the top of the box. Inside were little animals — a fuchsia cat, a lilac fox, an olive green pig … Matisse put down his scissors and took off his glasses. He chose a chromium-yellow bear. “Ah!” he bit it in half, “Good colors sing!”



John Lightfoot

Called John Lightfoot in ‪#‎THE‬ WOMAN WHO BROUGHT MATISSE BACK FROM THE DEAD, just back from Vietnam where he’d been a medic and Conscientious Objector, John (who first glimpsed Claude when he enrolled in The Art Students League) is loosely based on the artist John Emmett Connors. Even though she had threatened to throw a brick at his head, Claude’s fate came to rest in John’s hands through the sex and art-soaked sixties and on to her death.


MIEP‬ GIES 105th birthday

ON what would have been her 105th birthday — February 15th — remembering ‪#‎MIEP‬ GIES who risked her life for over two years to help to hide and care for ‪#‎Anne‬ Frank and her family while in hiding and saved Anne’s diary after the arrest. Blessed to be her friend for over 25 years as well as her collaborator on #ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED, here’s Miep with my birds Fanny and Puccini during a visit.



The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead – Available in Kindle!

In The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead, award-winning author of Anne Frank Remembered and The Devil’s Mistress, Alison Leslie Gold presents the life of nun-cum-artist’s model Claude Boule.

Inspired by a true story and told in spare, evocative prose, this improbable, color-soaked life arc spans the art of Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, a convent in 1930s Nice, wartime Lyon, postwar Paris, New York in the dazzling 60s on to millennium’s end.

The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead explores the abstruse relationship between artist and model: Who transfixes whom?

The incidental, often travail-filled, life of Claude Boule – impenetrable and inscrutable – serves as a poignant foil for intimate views into the creative processes and behind-the-scenes life of one of the 20th century’s most momentous artists.

The brash assemblage of The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead also encompasses diverse uncelebrated but no less vividly tinctured people whose lives were touched – erotically, devoutly, unscrupulously and in other often unpredictable ways – by the model’s.