One Woman Show

From the publisher:

Author Christine Coulson spent 25 years writing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her final project was to write wall labels for the Museum’s new British Galleries. During that time, she dreamt of using The Met’s strict 75-word label format to describe people as intricate works of art. The result is a bullet of a novel that imagines a privileged 20th-century woman as an artifact—an object once prized, collected and critiqued.

Told with poignancy and humor over the course of a century, One Woman Show revolves around the life of Kitty Whitaker as she is defined by her potential for display and moved from collection to collection through multiple marriages. Kitty emerges as an eccentric heroine who disrupts her porcelain life with both major force and minor transgressions.

One Woman Show unfolds with the flare of a blockbuster exhibition and brims with wit, precision and surprising universality. As human foibles propel each delicately crafted text, we are seduced by flawless Kitty’s many imperfections and left to wonder who ultimately curates her story.