Keep an eye out for this wonderful novel about an artist in her forties living a quiet life in a remote mountain town in NSW, far away from the glittering lights of the Sydney art world she once knew. This novel should be out mid-April and it is well worth a read, as Francis wrestles with the themes of power, privilege, motherhood and an artist’s doubt. It looks at the fraught relationship between artists and their muses and the sacrifices of a life devoted to art and asks if it is possible for two ambitious artists to thrive in one relationship.
Far away from the glittering lights and famous personalities of the Sydney art world she once knew, Frances now lives a quiet life in a remote mountain town, pursuing her art. When an invitation arrives from a former lover to attend his painting exhibition at a celebrated gallery, Frances is plunged back into the past, when a single act changed the course of her life.
Told across two time periods, Girl in a Pink Dress is a sharp-eyed and compelling story about love and art, about sacrifice and ambition, and the often damaging relationship between artist and muse.
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