The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

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by Sena Jeter Naslund
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the artistic processes and lives of creative women in her groundbreaking literary opus The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.

Sena Jeter Naslund's inspiring novel-within-a-novel depicts the lives of both a fictional contemporary writer and

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New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the artistic processes and lives of creative women in her groundbreaking literary opus The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.

Sena Jeter Naslund's inspiring novel-within-a-novel depicts the lives of both a fictional contemporary writer and a historic painter whose works now hang in the great museums of Europe and America.

The story opens at midnight beside a beautifully illumined fountain of Venus Rising from the Sea. Kathryn Callaghan has just finished her novel about painter Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, a survivor of the French Revolution hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Though still haunted by the story she has written, Kathryn must leave the eighteenth-century European world she has researched and made vivid in order to return to her own life as an American in 2012.

Naslund's spellbinding new novel presents the reader with an alternate version of The Artist: a woman of age who has created for herself, against enormous odds, a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
From Ahab's Wife to Abundance, the best-selling, multi-award-winning Naslund is known for creating persuasive female characters. In this novel-within-a-novel, she offers two: French painter Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, who barely survived the revolution, and Kathryn Callaghan, who has written a fictional account of Vigée-LeBrun. Kathryn, who is standing meditatively by the fountain of Venus Rising from the Sea as the novel opens, has spent too much time in the past and must reckon with her life in contemporary America. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Booklist on THE FOUNTAIN OF ST JAMES COURT
“[A] lively and pointed variation on James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man…this is an incisive and keenly pleasurable novel about women artists overcoming adversity to create “joyful work” that celebrates life’s beauty and wonder.”
Alabama Writer's Forum News and Reviews on FOUNTAIN/PORTRAIT
Sena Jeter Naslund’s eloquent language, her mastery of technique have the power to transport readers from the inner turmoil of a successful contemporary writer to the harsh realities of life among the splendor of eighteenth-century French society. The lyrical, poetic rendering of her prose is magical.
Seattle Times on FOUNTAIN/PORTRAIT
“[U]nexpectedly addictive. Naslund once again creates memorable characters, surprising scenarios and astute notions on living life with intention.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062199454
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
262,327
File size:
1 MB

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