M. Clifford was born in 1978, in a suburb of Chicago and grew up in a forest-encroached neighborhood called Northwoods, where the embers of his imagination were kindled during solitary treks through the lonely wilderness. He wrote his first book, The Bullet That Never Stopped, on his mother's rickety green typewriter at the prudent age of eight and three-quarters. While dating his wife throughout college, M. Clifford wrote numerous stories, including novel-length addendums to her favorite books, giving her beloved characters new adventures. Writing novels was always a novelty for him, but now that he has created more literary stories and mainstream fiction, he is looking forward to a future in publication.
The Muse Of Edouard Manetby M. Clifford
Edouard Manet is an infamous painter in 19th century Paris. Emily Porterfield is a conservator of paintings in 21st century Chicago. He made her fall in love with art when she was nine years old and yet Emily was the muse of Edouard's greatest artwork 150 years before she was born. Their story begins with a letter. While x-raying a painting for an upcoming Edouard Manet exhibition at the Art Institute, Emily stumbles upon a hidden letter painted in lead white beneath the layers of oil and varnish. Through the mysterious properties of the letter, Emily is raptured to the past where she becomes the muse who influences Manet's greatest works. As their relationship grows between each new letter and she discovers that his confusing iconography can finally be explained through their story, an underlying plot of murder and art forgery is uncovered in the present. With the exhibition gala approaching, a connection between the murderer and the forgeries reveals itself and Emily is forced to ask how their love can withstand the test of time when only a few letters remain.
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I really enjoyed how well the author was able to combine fact and fiction so believably. I found it difficult to put this book down.
This book was chosen in one of my online book clubs and I wasn't sure at first since I had not heard of it. What a wonderful surprise! Suspenseful, time travel, art history....couldn't go wrong! Great kept secret and has added much discussion to our book club. If you like art history, then this book is for you!
I wasn't really expecting to like this book, yet alone to love it, but I found myself completely entranced by the story of Edouard and Emily, and I think I fell in love with both of them a little bit myself. This genre-crossing novel encompasses historical fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and homage to an artist, tying it all together with a riveting love story. So glad my book group selected this. I hope the series continues soon.
A conservationist at The Art Institute of Chicago, Emily Porterfield has always been attracted to the works of pre-Impressionist painter Eduoard Manet. When a Manet exhibit is scheduled to display at the Art Institute, Emily x-ray's one of the paintings and discovers a hidden letter written in lead white paint beneath the artist's scene. The discovery could change her career, but her life is even more drastically altered when, upon falling asleep after reading the letter, she is mystically transported to Paris in the 1870's and meets the artist himself. Swept up in the amazing impossibility of time travel while dreaming, Emily finds herself getting to know, and falling in love with, the man whose work she would adore a hundred fifty years in the future. However, in the present, she faces the discovery of three "new" Manet paintings, seemingly lost during World War II. Whether the paintings are real or forged is a secret that someone might just be willing to kill to keep. M. Clifford's work is a stunning blend of genres - science fiction and history, romance and mystery. The details of Edouard Manet's life and work are as intricate and precise as the expertly researched descriptions of modern day art authentication and preservation. Sweetly romantic, action-driven, emotional, with a mix of information, humor and suspense, The Muse of Edouard Manet is a literary work of art! The book tells a succinct story with a satisfying conclusion, but with writing this vivid and characters so enjoyable, readers will be eager for the soon to be released second and third books in The Time Chronicles of Emily Porterfield!