What May Have Been —
Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G.


What May Have Been

Dans Papers
By The Book by Joan Baum


March Minis What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G (Cervena Barva Press), a slim paperback collaboration that grew out of e-mails between two writers who met on the social media site Fictionaut, describes an imaginary love affair carried on mostly by letters (sometimes only a line to a page) between the famous artist and a highly neurotic, self-centered young girl, 17. "Your legs are like white asparagus stalks," Pollock writes when he first sees her in a supermarket amid fruit. Though she says he's "old, old, old,"… Gary Percesepe writes Dori's letters, Susan Tepper, Jackson's.


What May Have Been is a novel in letters exchanged between the artist Jackson Pollock and his fictional lover, an alluring young woman called Dori G.

Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe have created a sexy and luminous love story that takes place sometime during the late 1940’s, in that sandy wonderland at the eastern tip of Long Island known far and wide as The Hamptons.

Advance Praise for What May Have Been

“In this extraordinary novel, Pollock tells his lover that things like paint and wives are very small in the scheme of things. Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper show how the great scheme of things is, in fact, in literary art, captured in paint and wives and a Montauk surf and a silky scarf and narrow hips and a cold water flat and a used Ford. Brilliantly conceived, brilliantly executed, this is a stunning book about art and about life.”
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain  

“The fictional letters between Pollock and an imaginary Dori G. come out in a hailstorm of paint flecks, lockets, long looks, kisses, blowing sand. Dori sees Jackson in his distance and his nearing, and his return to her like the visit of one of the Greek gods to his mortal lover, as piercing and as fatal.”
—Mary Grimm, author of
Left to Themselves and Stealing Time

“How to convey the irresistible pleasures of this novel in letters? The language mimics the slashing, dramatic immediate heroic gestures of abstract expressionism, is an extraordinary act of poetic invention, and tells a sexy and doomed love story.”
—James Robison, author of
The Illustrator and Rumor and Other Stories

“These two fervent voices exude the splendor and gloom of adulterous love.”
—Mark Wisniewski, author of
Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman


Reviews

Connotation Press Interview
http://connotationpress.com/fiction/845-book-review-a-interview-with-susan-tepper-and-gary-percesepe

January 15, 2011:
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

What May Have Been:
An Interview with Susan Tepper and
Gary Percesepe by Steve Almond
September 25, 2010:
http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/