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Hidden Tapestry reveals the unforgettable story of Flemish American artist Jan Yoors—childhood vagabond, wartime resistance fighter, and polyamorous urban bohemian. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors’s photographs and vast tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan. Though his intimate friends guessed the rough outline of his colorful life, Hidden Tapestry is first to detail his astonishing secrets. A luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.

"Debra Dean puts the stitches in the rich tapestry that was Jan Yoors’s life, surely one of the most remarkable artistic stories of the twentieth century. She reveals his incredible life of exploration, adventure, and heroism, as well as his truly unique ménage. I’m hugely impressed with her research and writing—and green with envy that she found such a fascinating subject to write about.” –Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Mad Enchantment

“It’s rare when an extraordinary artist wins a biographer of equal quality. As someone who admired Jan Yoors greatly and once spent a few days in his unusual household, I’m delighted to see this story told with grace, with careful research, and with such compassion for the women who were an invisible part of his work.” —Adam Hochschild, author of Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son, and King Leopold's Ghost

“Debra Dean has written that unique book that is scholarly, historically important... full of vibrant and fascinating characters, beautifully written, and somehow—almost improbably—true.” —Ann Hood, author of The Books That Matter Most and The Knitting Circle

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Photo credit: Robert Zuckerman

Photo credit: Robert Zuckerman

Debra Dean is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books that have been published in twenty-two languages. Her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Her newest book, Hidden Tapestry: Jan Yoors, His Two Wives, and the War That Made Them One, will come out April 2018. Debra lives in Miami and is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University.

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World

Confessions of a Falling Woman

Confessions of a Falling Woman


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