Nick Castagno has left Grant Avenue to try to become, “the artist I always imagined.” Right away, he meets and falls hard for Minna, who quickly becomes his lover, muse and model. A coming of age story that encompasses the struggles Nick must face reconciling his love for Minna with his desire to be an artist in late twentieth century America, Venus Rising follows
Nick and Minna from the campus of Rutgers University to Philadelphia, New York, London, Paris and back again to Philadelphia as they search for their place in the world.


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