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In the Spanish countryside in 1936, a young woman paints a masterpiece. Her Jewish, Viennese art dealer father, however, believes that all REAL artists are men. 

In 1967 in London, Caribbean emigre Odelle works at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, and her boyfriend wants the Skelton to display a painting his mother left him that has been attributed to the brilliant Spanish painter Isaac Robles, whose life is believed to have been cut short by the Spanish Civil War.

With a deft touch, author Jessie Burton keeps us yearning for more of each storyline as the two inch their way toward each other in ways that slowly reveal the truth about a painting, young love, a war-torn country and the desperate conflict between wanting to keep and wanting to reveal secrets. Masterful!

 

— Jill

Description


“Love, war, desire, and art—it’s all here.” —Elle

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harboring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception – a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

About the Author


Jessie Burton was born in London in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama. The Miniaturist is her first novel.

Praise For…


“A complex, vividly drawn tale... The intricate way in which Burton pulls the two plots together is unexpected and impressive, a most original story about creative freedom, finding one’s voice, and the quest for artistic redemption.”
— Publishers Weekly

“[A] smart blend of literary and commercial fiction with intriguing characters and a compelling mystery at its center... Burton creatively infuses historical fiction with mystery in her exploration of the far-reaching consequences of deception, the relationship between art and artist, and the complex trajectory of women’s desires.
— Booklist

“A simmering historical love story”
— Glamour UK

“Like its predecessor, this is a tale with a refreshingly feminist slant, interested in the slipperiness of meaning”
— Daily Mail (UK)

“[A] rich palette of ideas and emotions… The novel excellently explores the writing process itself.”
— Independent (UK)

The Muse is a brilliantly realised story, and the parallel narratives are perfectly balanced, propelling the story forward at break-neck speed... Jessie Burton can expect more awards to soon be coming her way.
— Sunday Herald, Scotland

“If you read and loved The Miniaturist, Burton’s enchanting bestseller set in 17th-century Amsterdam, The Muse arrives just in time for the end of summer... Love, war, desire, and art—it’s all here.”
— Elle

“The Muse... asks us to pay close attention, given the unexpected paths that wander variously through time, race, global politics and art history…[A] well crafted tale that draws you in, and in the end, respects you as a reader.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Jessie Burton meticulously reconstructs two different worlds… and ruminates on the nature of truth in art.. Told with remarkable care and evident research… A serpentine tale about art, truth and artistic ambition… [A] beautifully constructed story of art, ambition and the sacrifices one makes in the pursuit of both.”
— Bookreporter.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062409935
ISBN-10: 006240993X
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English