The Muse by Jessie Burton is a novel in two parts...intertwined...one in the 1930's and one in the 1960's.
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that ties them together.
In England in 1967, Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.
In Spain in 1936, Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a poor, restless village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa’s half-brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter.
Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.
Please join Ronnie Pinquist as she leads us in a discussion of this story that makes you think. The time is 1:15 PM and the place is Temple B'nai Torah, Wantagh.