The Muse by Jessie Burton audiobook

The Muse: A Novel

By Jessie Burton
Read by Bahni Turpin  and Maria Elena Infantino

Ecco, HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062409928
13.36 Hours Unabridged
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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. England, 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. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick. Spain, 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 newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso. Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family’s lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come. 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.

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An Elle Magazine Pick of Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About

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.

England, 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. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.

Spain, 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 newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso.

Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family’s lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Love, war, desire, and art—it’s all here.” Elle
“A simmering historical love story.” Glamour (UK)
“A tale with a refreshingly feminist slant, interested in the slipperiness of meaning.” Daily Mail (London)
“[A] rich palette of ideas and emotions…The novel excellently explores the writing process itself.” Independent (London)
“A most original story about creative freedom, finding one’s voice, and the quest for artistic redemption.” Publishers Weekly
“Historical fiction lovers…will appreciate the intriguing characters, skillful writing, and evocative atmosphere of two very different eras.” Library Journal
“A smart blend of literary and commercial fiction with intriguing characters and a compelling mystery at its center.” Booklist
“Narrator Bahni Turpin makes Odelle’s island accent melodic and completely credible…[and] Maria Elena Infantino has a lovely voice…Turpin hits every note perfectly.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Jessie Burton

Author Bio: Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton, novelist, studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama and now lives in southeast London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 13.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English