The American Painter Emma Dial

The American Painter Emma Dial

by Samantha Peale
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The American Painter Emma Dial by Samantha Peale

“A racy, muscular, enlightening beauty of a novel.” —James McManusEmma Dial is a virtuoso painter who executes the works of Michael Freiburg, a preeminent figure in the New York art world. She has a sensuous and exacting hand, hips like a matador, and long neglected ambitions of her own. She spends her days completing a series of pictures for Freiburg's spring exhibition and her nights drinking and dining with friends and luminaries. Into this landscape walks Philip Cleary, Emma's longtime painting hero and a colleague and rival of her boss. Philip Cleary represents the ideal artistic existence, a respected painter, fearless and undeterred by fashion. He is unmatched by anyone from Emma's generation. Except, just possibly, Emma herself. Emma Dial must choose between the security of being a studio assistant to a renowned painter and the unknown future as an artist in her own right.Samantha Peale writes with astonishing insight about a young woman who risks everything to fulfill her ambitions as an artist.

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ISBN-13: 9780393068207
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/11/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Samantha Peale lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

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The American Painter Emma Dial 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I am much older than Emma Dial, her character rang very true for me as a young woman, and the young women I know today. Peale captures the ambivalence, determination and sometimes confusion of talented women finding their own voice in relationship to powerful and compelling men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I put Emma Dial, American Painter down more than once, not planning to finish it, but I found myself drawn back just to see if Emma would stand up and walk away from the egomaniacal painter she works for. Toward the end of the novel--spoiler here--as Emma's need to paint overcomes her self pity, I was touched by Peale's portrait of an artist as a young woman whose talent is finally liberating. Unusual for a first novel, the writing is better--more convincing, more show than tell--at the end of the book than the beginning.
boomsma More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written book. The details of NYC life in the art world during the 90s is rich, authentic, sad and exciting. Emma's journey through art to her adult self is exhilarating. The voice of the author is wry, vulnerable and very funny. I loved it and look forward to Samantha Peale's next book!