7 2021

People of the Book: Myla Goldberg, Feast Your Eyes

10:30PM - 11:30PM  


Contact Jeremy Lisitza

Myla Goldberg: Feast Your Eyes

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography and moving to New York City, Lillian is arrested and thrust into the national spotlight when a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, changing the course of both of their lives. Narrated by Samantha, the book reads as a collection of her memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters – a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth and authenticity.

Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy and Bee Season, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, and was adapted to film and widely translated.