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The Italian Teacher

Tom Rachman

Pinch wants to be a painter, but lives in the shadow of his famous artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear loves his obscurity and burns the paintings he does not like adding to his works' allure. Bear is also self absorbed, overbearing, and the father to several children from different mothers. Pinch is the only child that remains somewhat connected to him. Pinch reluctantly becomes a teacher, but continues to create his art on the side. When Bear dies, Pinch embarks on a plot that will forever change Bear's legacy.