The Fountain Of St. James Court; Or, Portrait Of The Artist As An

by Sena Jeter Naslund

Harpercollins Publishers | September 9, 2013 | Trade Paperback | Large Print

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Midnight on St. James Court, at the heart of which is a foun­tain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has finished the first draft of her novel about Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution who was hated for her ­sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Kathryn remains haunted by Élisabeth''s experiences, for the women possess similar gifts and burdens in life. And before the next midnight rolls around, Kathryn will have confronted danger as frightening as what Élisabeth faced. Each woman will be called and tested; each will, like Venus, rise ­triumphantly above the expectations of her world.

In this, her compelling and intimate ninth book, Sena Jeter Naslund presents an eye-opening alternate vision of The Artist: not an angry young man but a woman of age and hard-won experience who has created a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 1.41 in

Published: September 9, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006227838X

ISBN - 13: 9780062278388

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The Fountain Of St. James Court; Or, Portrait Of The Artist As An

by Sena Jeter Naslund

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 1.41 in

Published: September 9, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006227838X

ISBN - 13: 9780062278388

From the Publisher

Midnight on St. James Court, at the heart of which is a foun­tain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has finished the first draft of her novel about Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution who was hated for her ­sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Kathryn remains haunted by Élisabeth''s experiences, for the women possess similar gifts and burdens in life. And before the next midnight rolls around, Kathryn will have confronted danger as frightening as what Élisabeth faced. Each woman will be called and tested; each will, like Venus, rise ­triumphantly above the expectations of her world.

In this, her compelling and intimate ninth book, Sena Jeter Naslund presents an eye-opening alternate vision of The Artist: not an angry young man but a woman of age and hard-won experience who has created a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.

About the Author

Sena Jeter Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, which have been translated into eight languages and published in Australia and the United Kingdom, where her bookAhab''s Wifewas a finalist for the Orange Prize. Those who''ve read her novelAbundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinettewill recognize the character of Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun from that book. Naslund lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Editorial Reviews

?[A] lively and pointed variation on James Joyce?s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?this is an incisive and keenly pleasurable novel about women artists overcoming adversity to create ?joyful work? that celebrates life?s beauty and wonder.? (Booklist on THE FOUNTAIN OF ST JAMES COURT)