Author(s): Rachel Pastan
An aspiring young curator is attending the Venice Bienniale when she is offered a position at the Nauk, Cape Cod's most cutting-edge art gallery. It's the job of her dreams, and she jumps at the chance. The wealthy, enigmatic founder who offered her the job, Bernard Augustin, fails to mention that Alena, the previous curator, died two years ago. Quickly, she finds herself in over her head. The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the past - a past obsessively preserved by the museum's staff - and the newcomers every move mires her deeply in artistic, erotic, and emotional entanglements.
Praise for "Alena" "Luminous and sure-footed...The triumph of Pastan's story is that it manages to be more than a companion piece to du Maurier's. "Alena" proves itself an intriguing and substantial novel on its own merits, while still offering the kind of gothic plunge we remember and crave from our younger years." --"The Washington Post" "Perfect for curling up with on a winter's night...so eerie and elegantly suspenseful that I could see myself rereading it, the way I reread "Rebecca" every few years or so." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR
Rachel Pastan is the author of two previous novels and has won numerous prizes for her short fiction. A member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is also editor-at-large for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Pastan lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.