A young orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist's servant girl in 17th-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. A young woman reading in a Shoreditch bar catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture, and a Victorian medium in a photographer's studio casually holds a book while she waits for the exposure.
With each chapter inspired by a real work of art, this richly textured debut novel transports its readers into a perfectly imagined tale of how each portrait came to be. As the narrative grows through time, from 1333 into the present and beyond, the reader is woven into the subtle connections that grow and thread through the narratives.
Unusual, beguiling and full of beauty, Girl Reading is as finely drawn as the portraits that inspired it.
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