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    Book Discussion at the KIA: The Muse by Jessie Burton

    Presented by at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

    October 18, 2017

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    Book Discussion at the KIA: The Muse by Jessie Burton

    The Muse a novel by Jessie Burton, with discussion leader Marsha Meyer. From the bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a story of two young women "a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain "and the powerful mystery that ties them together. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean emigre trying to make her way in London in 1967. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. In 1936, Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, Spain. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa s half-brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter newly returned from the Barcelona salons. Buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family's lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come. Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.

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