The Muse by Jessie BurtonThe Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse

byJessie Burton

Paperback | July 26, 2016

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From the bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that links them together

July 1967, Mayfair, London—a painting left propped on the doorstep of the Skelton Gallery is discovered by Odelle Bastien, a Caribbean immigrant newly employed and in thrall with her enigmatic colleague, Marjorie Quick. The painting is rumoured to be the work of Isaac Robles, whose mysterious death at the burgeoning of his artistic powers has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is only matched by the tension caused by the conflicting stories of its discovery. Odelle is unsure whom or what to believe as she finds herself drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions.

Thirty years earlier, as Spain is on the brink of civil war, Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a village in the south rife with unrest. It is here Olive meets Maria Teresita, the young housekeeper, and Maria’s half-brother Isaac Robles, newly returned from the Paris salons, his head full of revolution and dreams of being a painter as famous as Picasso. Both siblings are the illegitimate offspring of the local landowner and have nothing to lose when it comes to exploiting these new guests in their poverty-stricken town. They insinuate themselves into the family, helping to hide Olive’s own artistic talents while Isaac plays at both painting and revolution. The consequences are devastating and echo into the decades to come.

In vividly rendered detail, acclaimed and bestselling author Jessie Burton spins a tale of desire, ambition and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.

Title:The MuseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443444979

ISBN - 13:9781443444972

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Art & History After reading "The Miniaturist" I needed to read this book! Jessie Burton has now solidified herself a spot on my MUST BUY author list! Jumping between 1936 Spain (Spanish Revolution) and 1967 London ,,, art gallery ,,, paintings (that sadly don't actually exist, I love it when they reference art that exists). I slight love story but not overshadowing the rest of the story. Very Enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it As one who is interested in art I found this an excellent novel and highly recommend it
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in awile! I was instantly pulled into the book. I'm not usually a big "art" person but this story was everything I could want in a historical drama was there and it was a quick read because I liked the story so much.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourites I recently picked this book up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by it. I ate it up in merely two days, even though it's 390 pages. The book contains good background on Spain, as well as on England and some art history. There are plenty of plot twists throughout the book, which will leave you not wanting to put it down. This is now one of my favourite books and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring read 2.5 Stars. I felt like I had to slough my way through this book. It was a slow start, and then things started to happen and it was exciting. Finally the book was picking up steam! And then, it slowed down again. Womp womp. Interesting historical background. I feel like more could be done with that. Oh well. The Spanish Civil war probably needs more airtime in books because as I saw on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire the other day a woman literally said "I've never heard of a civil war in Spain." It was painful, probably more painful than reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-10

Editorial Reviews

“Burton emerges as the architect of a well-structured and intricate plot with tremendous scope, and a stylist with a talent for recreating life’s ordinary and extraordinary moments alike in great splashes of colour. . . . Riveting and deeply intimate.”