The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel by Samantha PealeThe American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel by Samantha Peale

The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel

bySamantha Peale

Paperback | January 29, 2016

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Emma Dial is a virtuoso painter who executes the works of Michael Freiburg, a preeminent figure in the New York art world. She has a sensuous and exacting hand, hips like a matador, and long neglected ambitions of her own. She spends her days completing a series of pictures for Freiburg's spring exhibition and her nights drinking and dining with friends and luminaries. Into this landscape walks Philip Cleary, Emma's longtime painting hero and a colleague and rival of her boss. Philip Cleary represents the ideal artistic existence, a respected painter, fearless and undeterred by fashion. He is unmatched by anyone from Emma's generation. Except, just possibly, Emma herself. Emma Dial must choose between the security of being a studio assistant to a renowned painter and the unknown future as an artist in her own right.

Samantha Peale writes with astonishing insight about a young woman who risks everything to fulfill her ambitions as an artist.
Samantha Peale lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.
Title:The American Painter Emma Dial: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393304558

ISBN - 13:9780393304558


Editorial Reviews

In her witty and impressively observed debut novel, Samantha Peale has given us what is probably the first novel narrated by a studio assistant in New York in the 21st century. . . . Emma Dial, in the end, is a stirring reminder of the countless young artists stuck in captivity as assistants, hoping their gifts will extricate them. — The New York TimesThese are rich, ambitious ideas that Peale takes on—questions of art and identity, commitment versus personal sacrifice, the precarious and charged student-mentor relationship, sexism in the art world, boundary issues of all stripes; she deep-dives into all this, yet her novel never feels heady or forced. Instead, it’s a graceful personal journey, an intimate snapshot of a young woman at a seminal point in her life, on the brink of either discovering her true self or becoming unhinged. — The Los Angeles Times