It feels like such a triumph to have read this and be posting about it, because it has been on my “to be read” pile since 2017. It was so fantastic and has been my companion on my holiday in Morocco. So, let this be your inspiration to go grab one of those TBR’s!
There are two timelines in The Muse: 1967 in London and 1936 in rural Spain. Through the course of the novel, the lives of the characters in each begin to blend into each other, pivoting around a mysterious painting that is brought into the Skelton Gallery in London which is believed to have been painted by a famed Spanish artist who was working on the cusp of the Spanish Civil War, pre-WWII. There’s so much more to it, like the experiences of a young woman from Trinidad grappling with 60’s Britain’s racism, or even the misunderstanding of depression in the 30s and the rising fear of the “reds”, but that only skims the surface and the rich detail is a reward for the reader, so I’ll stop there.
This novel is a truly captivating piece of historical fiction, with non-stop surprises and plot twists, as well as incredibly well-researched in terms of the art references – so much so that I felt like I was learning while enjoying the reading experience.
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