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The Muse: A Novel Hardcover – July 26, 2016
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“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)
From the Back Cover
England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. While working at a prestigious gallery, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young, talented artist whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. Drawn into a web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe—or who she can trust.
Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of an art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to an impoverished village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa’s half-brother Isaac, an idealistic painter buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war. When Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents, it causes devastating consequences that echo into the decades to come.From the internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a brilliantly realized story of two young women and the powerful mystery that ties them together. Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is an enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.
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