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LULU MEETS GOD AND DOUBTS HIM


From her sleek perch behind the gallery desk, Mia McMurray has the perfect view of the entitlement, attitude, and glamour that slide through the plate-glass door of the Simon Pryce Gallery in New York City's artsy Chelsea neighborhood. In an instant, she can tell who's come to buy and who's just looking.

Mia is at her post when painter Jeffrey Finelli is run over by a cab in front of the gallery the night of his first opening. Suddenly the art world's elite are falling all over themselves for a piece of the instantly-in-demand work by the late artist. At the center of his only show is an enormous painting, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, which becomes the object of frenzied desire.

Everyone wants Lulu. Finelli's death is the art world's most sensational new story and Mia, as a fly on the wall, is at the center of it all. In her clever and clear-headed voice, she gives a true insider's view of a rarefied milieu: the Chelsea art scene. While she watches a Birkin-toting collector, a well-muscled Irish artist, a real estate baron, and Lulu, the niece and muse of the artist duke it out over the painting, Mia manages to find her own creative outlet and artistic identity, not to mention love.

At once a delectable dish and truthful portrayal, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him demystifies the alluring and extraordinary world of the contemporary art scene.

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