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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
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Dominic Smith
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Dominic Smith


9781760528171

Allen & Unwin


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Historical fiction


Paperback

384 pages

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'. . . worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch . . . A masterly, multilayered story that will dazzle readers.' Library Journal (starred review) In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honoured. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain-a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.

As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.

'Deeply researched, beautifully written, intellectually absorbing novel that also has the qualities of a page-turner . . . tremendous story of art, deception, love, ambition and the place of women in the world, and in history. From the opening pages you know you are in the hands of a writer at the top of his game.' Stephen Romei, The Australian 'This beautiful novel is a gift . . . a seductive, rewarding read.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Advertiser 'This densely layered, finely wrought book is a delight. The characters are complex and believable, the story compelling, the writing simply beautiful.' Australian Financial Review

By:   Dominic Smith
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9781760528171
ISBN 10:   176052817X
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dominic Smith is the author of three previously published novels from Atria. His awards include a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and a new works grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. His debut novel, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book, and received the Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. His second novel, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, was a Booklist Editors' Choice and optioned for film by Southpaw Entertainment. His most recent novel, Bright and Distant Shores, was named by Kirkus as one of the 'Best Books of 2011' and chosen by the ALA for its annual reading list. In Australia, he was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.


  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards - Best Fiction 2017 (Australia)
  • Winner of ABIA Awards - Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017 (Australia)
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