Constellations of Eve
Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network Series
Published by: Texas Tech University Press
Imprint: Texas Tech University Press
Sales Date: June 2022
216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: June 2022
- Published: May 2022
Constellations of Eve weaves together three deviations of one love story. In each variation, the narrative changes slightly, with life-altering impacts. Against a backdrop of difficult people finding their place in a constantly shifting universe, the novel manipulates the variables leading to their fraught romantic entanglements, tearing through a host of lifetimes in search of the one in which all the brightest stars align.
In this philosophical fable of art and fate, Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood paints a world that floats above our own and contours the infinitesimal moments that shape who we love, over whom we obsess, and how we decide what to live for.
Each reality allows Eve another chance at finding her true destiny and personal and professional fulfilment—but can she get it right? Is there even such a thing as right? Constellations of Eve wrestles with the most intimate betrayals and the staggering personal costs of stifling artistic ambition, pursuing it to the exclusion of family, or letting it disperse in favor of an all-consuming love.
“Constellations of Eve, written in exquisite, pointillistic detail, is an impeccable title for Abbigail Rosewood’s brilliant new novel. With each discrete episode chronicling Eve’s life, Rosewood unflinchingly exposes the disturbing complexities, conundrums, and fears that accompany love, marriage, and motherhood. The honesty is sharp; the truth is piercing. Singularly, the crucial and definitive moments that define Eve’s life are like stars, each startling unto itself. Collectively aligned, they lay bare the unexpected, yet inevitable, story of a unique and complicated everywoman who is not as happy as she ought to be.”
—Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of Rabbits for Food and The Scenic Route
“Constellations of Eve is the faithful and meticulous rendering of a radical vision of life, love, art, lust, beauty, obsession, and death. The writing gives no quarter to what we might like to believe are ‘normal’ feelings and situations. Abbigail N. Rosewood brings back a bold and uncompromising report from the frontiers of the truth of human experience.”
—Matthew Sharpe, author of You Were Wrong, Nothing is Terrible, Jamestown, and The Sleeping Father
"A harrowingly beautiful exploration of unrequited love and the fallout of single-minded devotion."<p><p>--<i>Kirkus</i>