Fugitive Colors

Fugitive Colors

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by Lisa Barr

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Debut Historical Suspense Novel Wins IPPY Award for Best “Literary Fiction 2014”

Stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr’s debut novel, Fugitive Colors, an un-put-down-able page-turner. Booklist calls the WWII era novel, "Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s


Debut Historical Suspense Novel Wins IPPY Award for Best “Literary Fiction 2014”

Stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr’s debut novel, Fugitive Colors, an un-put-down-able page-turner. Booklist calls the WWII era novel, "Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger." Fugitive Colors asks the reader: How far would you go for your passion? Would you kill for it? Steal for it? Or go to any length to protect it?

Hitler’s War begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant-garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to let this happen. An accidental spy, Julian Klein, an idealistic American artist, leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s. Once he arrives in the “City of Light,” he meets a young German artist, Felix von Bredow, whose larger-than-life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi, whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him. The trio quickly becomes best friends, inseparable, until two women get in the way—the immensely talented artist Adrienne, Rene’s girlfriend with whom Julian secretly falls in love, and the stunning artist’s model Charlotte, a prostitute-cum-muse, who manages to bring great men to their knees.

Artistic and romantic jealousies abound, as the characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power. Felix returns to Berlin, where his father, a blue-blooded Nazi, is instrumental in creating the master plan to destroy Germany’s modern artists, and seeks his son’s help. Bolstered by vengeance, Felix will lure his friends to Germany, an ill-fated move, which will forever change their lives. Twists and turns, destruction and obsession, loss and hope will keep you up at night, as you journey from Chicago to Paris, Berlin to New York. With passionate strokes of captivating prose, Barr proves that while paintings have a canvas, passion has a face—that once exposed, the haunting images will linger . . . long after you have closed the book.

The Hollywood Film Festival awarded Fugitive Colors first prize for “Best Unpublished Manuscript” (Opus Magnum Discovery Award). The novel has been optioned for movie development by Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour trilogy, While You Were Sleeping).

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“Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger.
Kirkus Reviews
Barr's take on early Nazi Germany provides a different perspective in this foray into the pre–World War II period. Julian moves to Paris after escaping a past that has repressed his artistic identity. It is 1932, and the promising young art student has won acceptance to a famed art school in the City of Light. On his first day, he meets three other young artists who help shape his destiny. René is the handsome son of one of the city's most important art gallery proprietors; Adrienne is René's beautiful girlfriend, stolen from Felix, the son of a wealthy German nobleman. Like Julian, all three are Jewish artists in a changing Europe during the early days of Hitler's ascension to power. The four become fast friends until a stunning model named Charlotte is introduced to the group. Both René and Felix fall for the vacuous artist's model, while Julian pines for Adrienne. When Felix's father forces his son to return to Germany to take his rightful place as his father's successor, Felix begs René and Julian to come with him. Julian, forewarned of the growing antagonism toward the Jews, doesn't want to go, but René convinces him and brings along Charlotte, with whom he is now having an affair. The three men and Charlotte become caught up in the rapid changes taking effect in Nazi Germany. Barr paints a vivid picture of the era and the effects Hitler's interest in art had on both artists and Europe in general, and she has an eye for recreating the ambience of Paris in that era. But some of her characters tend to wax a bit over-the-top, while René and Julian behave like they are cast members of a horror movie who, despite knowing their actions are self-destructive, keep tempting fate and make the reader want to shout, "What are you thinking?" Period melodrama that will appeal to those who enjoy art or are receptive to a new take on Nazi Germany.

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Meet the Author

Author Lisa Barr's award-winning debut novel FUGITIVE COLORS, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, and revenge on the "eve" of WWII, won the IPPY gold medal for "Literary Fiction 2014" -- by the Independent Book Publishers Association. In addition, FUGITIVE COLORS has been optioned for a movie by Hollywood Producer Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour trilogy, While You Were Sleeping).

A journalist for more than 20 years, Lisa served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post for five years, covering Middle East politics, lifestyle, and terrorism in Jerusalem. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous "handshake" between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House.

Following the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, Lisa profiled his wife Leah for Vogue magazine, and they maintained a friendship until Mrs. Rabin's death. She later served as managing editor of Moment magazine based in Washington, DC, which was co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Most recently, she worked as an editor/staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering lifestyle, sex & relationships, and celebrities. She earned her master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Booklist says this about FUGITIVE COLORS: "Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr's dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger."

Lisa is also the creator of the popular website and blog "GIRLilla Warfare: A Mom's Guide to Surviving the Suburban Jungle" which launched in May, 2012.

Her greatest joy is writing while raising her three beautiful daughters, and stealing away for "coffee time" with her husband David Barr. She lives in the Chicago area, with her family, two dogs, and lots of Girl Drama - fodder for her next novel ...

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Fugitive Colors 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intense look at friendship, betrayal and art during WWII. This book was captivating and all-consuming. I haven't read many historical fiction, but the author drew me in and kept me entranced to the end. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction. This is a fabulous author who I'll definitely read in the future.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
FUGITIVE COLORS by Lisa Barr is a compelling Historical Fiction set in 1930's. Meet Julian Klein, an American artist in Paris, who has turned spy. This is a compelling and complex story of betrayal, friendship,mystery, love, passion,politics, suffering and suspense set against a backdrop of Europe prior to World War II, just days before. A roller-coaster ride of oppression, brutality of the Nazi regime, and artistic endeavors. "Fugitive Colors" was inspired by historical truth, it a riveting tale of heartbreak and love. An emotional charged story from beginning to end. Well written with depth and descriptions with engaging characters as well as a story full of heartbreak and love. Well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More