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The Tattoo Artist
The Tattoo Artist: A Novel | Jill Ciment
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In 1970, Sara Ehrenreich boards a small plane and returns to New York City with much fanfare; she will be featured in Life magazine. She has not left Ta'un'uuthe South Seas island upon which she and her husband, Philip, were marooned during a stormin more than thirty years. Sara doesnt know that man has landed on the moon. She has never seen a ballpoint pen. Her body is covered, head to toe, in tattoos. Flashback: its 1918 and Sara, a shop girl and aspiring artist, meets Philip, a wealthy member of the avant-garde elite. The two fall in love, marry, and collaborate to make art, surrounded by socialites and revolutionariesuntil the Depression cripples not just Sara and Philip, but most of their patrons. When Philip is offered a job gathering masks from the South Seas, they jump at a chance to escape Americas sorrows, traveling to Taunuu for what they think will be a weeks stay. The rest is historya history Sara records on her skin through the traditional tattoos that become her masterpiece and provide an accounting of her days. Narrated in vivid and starkly moving prose, The Tattoo Artist reminds us of the unforeseeable forces that shape each human life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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BrownGirlReading
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Panpan

This was a big disappointment for me. I expected the majority of the story to take place after her 30 years on the island back in New York. It was mostly on the island and mostly about tattoos from the indigenous people‘s point of view in the island on the Pacific. Terrible cop out ending. Didn‘t really care about the characters.

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DannyHattan
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So today‘s progress on my leg sleeve resulted in this ☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻 it‘s coming together really well. It‘s inspired by my love of #fantasy books and my family. Each item has a meaning to me and my life. Just need to get the top half finished now 🤦🏻‍♂️😥😂😂

Lel2403 Stunning 1y
britt_brooke Beautiful!! 😍 1y
julesG Gorgeous! 1y
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JennyM Such artistry! Very beautiful 1y
Theshadedbuffalo Gorgeous!! 1y
Naj Love all the details! This is gorgeous 😍 1y
InBooksILive Wow that is amazing! 1y
youneverarrived 😍😍 1y
Velvetfur That artwork is fantastic! 1y
Schnoebs Gorgeous art work you have there! 1y
KirstieE So awesome !! 1y
Balibee146 Amazing in close up... Wonderful. 1y
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DannyHattan
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A gloomy train journey into Edinburgh to continue my Family/Fantasy themed leg sleeve. Dreading it 🤦🏻‍♂️💉🤦🏻‍♂️ 7 hour session ☹️😱 I know, I know it‘s not book related .... Sue me 😂😂😂 #fantasy #epicfantasy

BooksAndTea97 It's gorgeous.😍 I probably would've fainted in your place, multiple times, since I'm afraid of 💉 1y
julesG That's a gorgeous tattoo. 1y
scripturient Gorgeous tattoo. And I spy the Forth rail bridge. :) Do you live in Fife? 1y
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Velvetfur Great work, that! I'm still saving for my next one, I hate how expensive they are 😭 1y
saresmoore My goodness, it‘s incredible! But a 7-hour session?? Yeesh. Peace be with you. 1y
quirkthenerd Incredible 😍 1y
DannyHattan I don‘t know how people get addicted @BooksAndTea97 🤦🏻‍♂️ it‘s sore AF 😂 @scripturient I live in Dubai but visiting family in Fife. @Velvetfur they do cost a fortune, pain in the butt. @ saresmoore it ended up just shy of 7 hours thank god 😂 @quirkthenerd it‘s was your post the other day that inspired me to post mine 🙌🏻😊 cheers. We‘re all still waiting to see that one on your back you regret 😂 1y
quirkthenerd @DannyHattan 😂 Good luck with that, it‘s never going to happen 😋 1y
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razmanda
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My entry for my favorite “under the radar” read! This slim novel follows a woman stranded on an island inhabited by “savages” who finds herself more at home there than her privileged upbringing in the States. #24in48

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Little_Reader
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Pickpick

Finished this one last night. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The cover was a bit of a turnoff, but the story of how the narrator became covered in tattoos was horrifying and intriguing.

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Cinfhen
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Day 14 #AugustGrrrl I was introduced to this novel earlier this summer by @DivineDiana 😍A woman arrives back in NYC in the early 1970's completely covered in #Tattoo (s). She had been living off the grid entirely (since the 1930's) in the South Seas when she & her husband were marooned during a storm. This book sounds fascinating as each #tattoo is a clue to what she endured on the island 🌴 Excited to see some beautiful ink today 💘😊🙌🏻

DivineDiana Fascinating story! Now, what else can I come up with?!? 😉🤔 2y
Cinfhen I'm sorry @DivineDiana I totally "stole" your book ?I have confidence in your ability to produce another title ? 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen 👍🏻😍 2y
readinginthedark This sounds so interesting! 2y
DebinHawaii It does sound interesting. Stacking. 👍 2y
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DivineDiana
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This is a recent read. The main character Sarah Ehrenreich was an incredibly strong, brave woman. An artist who due to unforeseen tragedies finds herself living on an island in the South Seas for over thirty years with a primitive tribe. #augustgrrl #independentwomen

Cinfhen This sounds great! Stacked!!! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Quick read. I look at tattoos differently as a result of this book and Moana! 😉 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really want to read this one. I have three tattoos and could have more. 2y
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DivineDiana
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Pickpick

I finished this book today. Fascinating tale of a young bohemian couple from New York who travel to an island in the South Seas, looking for art. They discover a tribe whose art is created on their bodies. Intricate, and mesmerizing, the tattoos relate each person's life story.

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bookishbitch
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!! #indiebookstoreday If you're ever in Rockland Maine check out Hello Hello Books. It's my favorite. (hellohellobooks.com)

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IndyHannaJones
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This beauty happened yesterday! She's one of the Pleaides!

IndyHannaJones Also points if you can find the small Welcome to Nightvale nod 3y
Spiderfelt That's a head turner. Beautiful! 3y
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