The Jump Artist
I'm reading The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner. A unique piece of historical fiction about an untold story of a famous American photographer, Phillipe Halsman - it is the story of a personal metamorphosis from despair to success set against the backdrop of the beginnings of Nazism in Austria. I picked it up because I've read the author's short stories (Missouri Review fiction prize etc.) and then couldn't put it down. It is unique in the realm of historical fiction – beautifully written and meticulously structured so that the personal psychology of the protagonist parallels external real historical events and a forbidding natural landscape. Discover a new talent. I did.