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The Strawberry Girl by Lisa Stromme
  

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Lisa Stromme brings alive the tumultuous love affair that inspired one of the most famous paintings of all time, in a vivid and bewitching story of innocence, creativity and desire.

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Synopsis

The Strawberry Girl by Lisa Stromme

Summer 1893, and the Norwegian fishing village of Asgardstrand is preparing for the arrival of well-to-do guests and bohemian artists from the city. Local girl Johanne Lien dutifully gathers berries for tourists and poses barefoot for painters as 'The Strawberry Girl'. Johanne becomes a maid for the wealthy Ihlen family, whose wayward daughter Tullik recruits her as a go-between in her pursuit of the controversial painter Edvard Munch. Before long, Johanne is drawn into the raw emotion of Munch's art and his secret liaison with Tullik. But when she is asked to hide more than just secrets, Johanne must decide whether to take the risk...


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A tale of lost innocence, the power of art and the pain of love * Sunday Express * Bewitching debut novel... It's a vivid, intoxicating blend of fact and fiction, desire and creativity. If you're passionate about art, you'll love it - and if you didn't think you were remotely interested in it, you will be by the end of it * Pool * An altogether painterly book, full of vividly evocative scenes -- Anthony Gardner * Mail on Sunday * The raw power of colour is emphasised again and again. -- Cath Sell * Nudge * This is a creative mix of fact, and fiction and readers should find themselves swept up in this intriguing story. Art lovers will adore it and those that know nothing about art will wish they knew more. -- Jennifer McShane * Image *


About the Author

Lisa Stromme was born in Yorkshire in 1973, and studied at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She lives with her Norwegian husband and their two children close to Asgardstrand, the coastal village where Edvard Munch had a summer home, and which provided the setting for The Strawberry Girl. The Strawberry Girl is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

Lisa Stromme

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Publisher

Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781784740580

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