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The Last Painting of Sara De Vos: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books
Publication date April 5, 2016
Pages 290
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374106683
ISBN-10 0374106681
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $26.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "Written in prose so clear that we absorb its images as if by mind meld, "The Last Painting" is gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional contours of the human heart. Vividly detailed, acutely sensitive to stratifications of gender and class, it's fiction that keeps you up at night ― first because you're barreling through the book, then because you've slowed your pace to a crawl, savoring the suspense." ―Boston Globe
  • A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
A RARE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY PAINTING LINKS THREE LIVES, ON THREE CONTINENTS, OVER THREE CENTURIES IN THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS, AN EXHILARATING NEW NOVEL FROM DOMINIC SMITH.

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city's Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.

New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer's marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.

Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780374106683 Book cover for 9781410490636
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 27, 2016)
9781410490636 | details & prices | 495 pages | List price $33.99
The price comparison is for this edition
from Sarah Crichton Books (April 5, 2016); titled "The Last Painting of Sara De Vos: A Novel"
9780374106683 | details & prices | 290 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $26.00
About: "Written in prose so clear that we absorb its images as if by mind meld, "The Last Painting" is gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional contours of the human heart.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781250118325
 
Reprint edition from Picador USA (April 4, 2017)
9781250118325 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $16.00
About: Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781427268259
 
With Edoardo Ballerini (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Macmillan Audio (April 5, 2016)
9781427268259 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $39.99

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