This week I had the privilege of celebrating book launches with Fiona Davis and M.J. Rose. Both books delve deep into the history of New York in the twentieth century and both are excellent.
The Masterpiece takes us deep into Grand Central Terminal, first in the glory days of the 1920s, then in the gritty grimness of the 1970s, when New York was in a rather bad way, and Grand Central with it, as a talented illustrator seeks to win recognition as an artist in the Grand Central Art School in the days before the Depression, and a recent divorcee finds herself on the trail of an unknown artist in the 1970s.
Tiffany Blues also explores the art scene of the Jazz Age, as a talented artist fleeing from her past receives a coveted invitation to join Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artist colony at Laurelton Hall (which was a work of art in its own right). But can she escape her past?
The books make excellent companion pieces!
After my dip into New York’s artistic past, I moved into the past that never was with Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric’s Demon, a novella in the same pseudo medieval fantasy world as her brilliant The Curse of Chalion. (For everyone out there who watches Game of Thrones, you will LOVE The Curse of Chalion. It’s beautifully written, bursting with magic and intrigue, and wonderfully flawed characters– and much less gruesome than GoT.)
Right now, I’m deep in the midst of revisions on the Barbados Book (which is actually beginning to feel like it might be a book!), so I’m revisiting an old friend, Dorothy Sayers’s Murder Must Advertise.
What have you been reading this week?