The Muse

Paperback edition released 04/05/2017

by Jessie Burton

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Muse

Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016.

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

In the footsteps of THE MINIATURIST, Jessie Burton's second novel confirms her as a wonderful storyteller with a vivid imagination and empathy for a broad range of disparate characters. No wonder that this novel is already high on the bestseller lists. Set in 1960s London, this tale of Odelle, a young woman from the Caribbean settling in London in a secretarial position at an art gallery with curious colleagues and hoping to become a writer unfolds like silk, smooth and fascinating in parallel to an eventually tragic tale set in Spain in the mid 1930s on the eve of the Spanish Civil War about the painting of a mysterious set of masterpieces. Burton engineers the two plots and the way they embed with each other like a meticulous jeweller and the scope of the novel increases with every passing page and revelations occur to make the whole quite unforgettable and moving as it rushes to its conclusion all too fast. All human life is here. Savour slowly. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

Maxim Jakubowski

The Muse Synopsis

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller A picture hides a thousand words . . . On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery. The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . . Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781509845231
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Jessie Burton
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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About Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton is the author of the Sunday Times number one and New York Times bestsellers The Miniaturist and The Muse, and the children's book The Restless Girls. In its year of publication The Miniaturist sold over a million copies, and in 2017 it was adapted into a major TV series for BBC One. Her novels have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines. She lives in London.

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