The short, tragic life of Modigliani's mistress, Jeanne Hebuterne becomes an obsession and before Anna knows it, she has enrolled on a creative writing course, is writing about a fictional Jeanne and mixing with the literati. As her novel grows and takes on a life of its own, Anna feels her own life becoming increasingly irrelevant. She is absorbed by the story of Jeanne, who committed suicide aged 19 following the artist's death, jumping from a high window in Paris, pregnant with his child. When Anna is invited to take part in a televised literary competition, hosted by an unscrupulous writing guru, she agrees, but later regrets her choice. Under the gaze of the camera, she has become part of a TV circus; unlike the Bohemian Jeanne, she has sold out. Will she manage to save her sanity and her relationship, before she becomes a by-product of the literary world?
Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
Praise for Jacqui's previous novels The Temple of Hymen and Bluethroat Morning "A remarkable, often beautiful and startling piece of writing. A considerable achievement." - John Mortimer; "Deceptive; entertaining and unusual" - Louis de Bernieres; "A very impressive book... a superbly recreated historical period and a passionate investigation into femininity, all wrapped up in a mysterious and well-paced narrative." - Jonathan Coe; "There are many elements to savour in this novel. Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters' moods."- Tracy Chevalier, Author of Girl with a Pearl Earring; A thriller full of twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Every word is magical, almost luminous" - Daily Mail