Book ‘Self-Portrait with Nothing’ by Aimee Pokwatka

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"Fraught and deeply moving... the work of a genuinely exciting new talent." ― Booker Prize winner, George Saunders. If a picture paints a thousand worlds... Abandoned as an infant on the local veterinarian’s front porch, Pepper Rafferty was raised by two loving mothers, and now at thirty-six is married to the stable, supportive Ike. She’s never told anyone that at fifteen she discovered the identity of her biological mother. That’s because her birth mother is Ula Frost, a reclusive painter famous for the outrageous claims that her portraits summon their subjects’ doppelgangers from parallel universes. Researching the rumors, Pepper couldn’t help but wonder: ~ Was there a parallel universe...
Publisher: Tordotcom (October 18, 2022)  Pages: 304 pages  ISBN-10: 1250820847  ISBN-13: 978-1250820846  ASIN:‎ B09NK1RCCG

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Aimee Pokwatka grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. She studied anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University. Her work has been published in Fairy Tale Review, Outlook Springs, Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her family.