Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Set in the sparkling Paris of La Belle Epoque, this art-infused debut novel by Serena Burdick turns the spotlight on the woman-as-artist as distinct from artist’s muse, with a protagonist, not of the Les Miserables-masses, but rather a daughter of a bourgeois family full of closely held secrets. Take a dramatic fictional vacation with this charming debut author on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in conversation with her editor, Laura Chasen. Reading, q&a, and signing to follow.
Inspired by the artists Berthe Morisot, Louise Jopling, and Marie Bashkirtseff, Burdick tells her story through 18-year-old Aimee, primarily talented, and growing up alongside her beloved adopted brother Henri, also a burgeoning artist, in the well-to-do Savaray household. When Henri unexpectedly disappears from their home, and into the streets of war torn Paris, Aimee is heartbroken, remembering their first, unexpected kiss in the hallway. His mysterious disappearance leaves the conflicted Savarays contemplating the unraveling of their secrets and betrayals. When Aimee stumbles upon one of Henri’s paintings, her discovery unleashes a string of events that turns wife against husband, best friend against best friend, mentor against student, and first love against first love.
“…weaves together Paris, La Belle Epoque, art and abundant doses of family drama in a tightly-written story that pulls the reader in and keeps the twists and turns coming until almost the last page.” —Sally Christie, author of The Sisters of Versailles
Serena Burdick graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. Her passion for theater, writing, the visual arts, Edouard Manet and the Impressionist movement combined to inform her debut novel, Girl In the Afternoon.
Laura Chasen is a freelance book editor who recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York where she was an acquisitions editor for St. Martin’s Press. There she worked on a range of wonderful books including an Editor’s Buzz Panel pick at Book Expo of America, several New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” books, and numerous “Best Books of the Year,” in outlets like the Miami Herald, Bustle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Redbook among others. She has been a featured guest at Book Expo of America, BookCon, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, The Work Conference, and the Unicorn Writers’ Conference. Laura has a BA in English and Dance from Barnard College, and an MA in English from Georgetown University. You can find her @ http://www.laurachasen.com