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The Girl from Oto

The Girl from Oto

by Amy Maroney
The Girl from Oto

The Girl from Oto

by Amy Maroney


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Every painting tells a story. The trick is in unlocking its secrets…

In The Girl from Oto, a young American scholar navigates a foreign world, experiencing friendship, betrayal and love as she chases the ghost of a Renaissance-era artist through Europe.

2015: When art historian Zari Durrell scores a coveted position in Scotland researching the life and work of artist Cornelia van der Zee, she decodes clues hidden in two 16th-century portraits. Originally attributed to Van der Zee, the paintings contain traces of another artist entirely: a mysterious young woman named Mira. Risking both her professional reputation and safety, Zari tracks Mira along the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago in the rugged Pyrenees mountains—and plunges deep into the past.

1500: Mira’s own harrowing tale unfolds as Zari’s quest to uncover the truth intensifies. Born during a time wracked by war, plague, and shifting political boundaries, Mira grows up in a Pyrenees convent believing she is an orphan, unaware of the dark secret in her past. Inexplicably, she is singled out to receive an education normally reserved for men, including training in the arts. But when her peaceful existence is shattered, Mira must brave the world beyond the convent’s gates to learn the devastating story of her origins—and find the strength to face those who would destroy her.

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ISBN-13: 9780997521306
Publisher: Artelan Press
Publication date: 09/21/2016
Pages: 522
Sales rank: 927,743
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two daughters, and a wise old dog. She studied English literature at Boston University and public policy at Portland State University, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction. When she's not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, drawing, painting, dancing and reading. The Girl from Oto is her first novel. To find out about the research behind the book, receive a free prelude, and get news about the sequel, sign up for her e-mail list at (just copy and paste into your browser).

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