The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (Hardback)

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

£12.99 £5.00

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

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n the 1600s Sara de Vos, a mother and painter, loses her young daughter suddenly to illness. In her grief, she secretly begins painting a dark landscape of a girl watching an ice skater from the edge of a wood.

In 1950s New York, Martijn de Groot has At the Edge of a Wood hanging above his bed. Though it is a dark, peculiar painting, by a scarcely known female painter of the Golden Age, he holds the painting dear and when it is stolen, he is bereft. In Brooklyn, struggling art student Ellie Shipley accepts a commission to paint an intricate forgery of de Vos' sole surviving work, not realising that her decision will come to haunt her successful academic career.

Gorgeously written, brilliantly conceived and executed, filled with tension and revelation, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a superb novel, one of those rare books that stops time as you read it, and one that you will want to keep revisiting for the sheer pleasure of watching a master at work.

  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • ISBN: 9781925266184
  • Pages: 384
  • Weight: 0.747
Dominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of six novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, which was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Sold into more than a dozen countries, the novel was chosen as a best book of 2016 by Amazon, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Kirkus Reviews. In Australia, the novel won the Fiction Indie Book of the Year Award from the Independent Booksellers Association and was named the Literary Fiction Book of the Year as part of the Australian Book Industry Awards. Dominic's other novels are: Return to Valetto (2023), The Electric Hotel, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and Bright and Distant Shores. His essays, reviews, and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Australian. He is a recipient of the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, a new works grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dominic has served on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers since 2008 and has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University. He grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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