The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo–F. G. Haghenbeck

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If you’re a Frida fan or if you’ve seen the movie of her life starring Selma Hayek, this novel will not contain any surprise plot twists,  If you are a fan, however, you are likely to enjoy spending time with Frida and thinking about the contexts in which she created her beautiful self portraits.  Haghenbeck combines bits of narrative with pieces of Frida’s secret book, which contains recipes and details of Frida’s deal with her Godmother, death, with whom Frida makes a deal following her train accident.

The recipes made the novel an odd mix of chick lit and indie-film insight.  

I hope to see imitations because any book that brings readers to Frida cannot be all bad.

Finished 2/9/13

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