Author(s): Sena Jeter Naslund
New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the lives of successful creative women--their devotion to work and family; their fears; their loves--in an enthralling novel that resonates across time and placeIt's midnight on St. James Court, in which stands a fountain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has just finished a draft of her novel about renowned painter Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution. Kathryn remains haunted by Elisabeth's experiences--revealed here in a novel-within-a-novel, interleaved with the chronicle of one day in Kathryn's life. Despite being separated by time, place, and culture, Kathryn and Elisabeth possess similar gifts and burdens. And before another midnight arrives, Kathryn will confront personal danger as frightening as that which Elisabeth faced during the Reign of Terror. Each woman will be called upon and tested; each will, like Venus, rise triumphantly above the expectations of her world.
"[U]nexpectedly addictive. Naslund once again creates memorable characters, surprising scenarios and astute notions on living life with intention."--"Seattle Times" on FOUNTAIN/PORTRAIT