Vendor: Harper Perennial
Number of Pages: 352
Dimensions: 8.00 × 5.31 (inches)
From the bestselling author of The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love and politics, set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War II.
In 1940, American painter Alizée Benoit vanishes in New York City amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?
Moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the inner workings of today’s art world and the beginnings of the vibrant school of Abstract Expressionism, the divisiveness of pre-war politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees, bringing to life two unforgettable women and forcing us to ask timeless, provocative questions: What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?