It was Ella Bertroud who recommended The Muse to me, at a Bibilotherapy session whilst on a course with my job recently. Ella is a Bibilotherapist and the joint author of a great book called 'A Novel Cure' which I am huge fan of as it prescribes book for various ailments.
The Muse was recommended as I was struggling the find my creativity and Ella suggested this may help me find it. It's the story of a rediscovered painting and two entwined stories set across three decades.
Odell is a young woman writer from Trinidad who gets a job as a typist in prestigious Art Gallery in 1960's London and quickly comes to the attention of Marjorie Quick who takes Odell and under her wing to become a published author.
The story also tells of Odell's relationship with Laurie who she meets at her friends wedding and he tells her of a painting his mother has left him after her death. The picture attracts the interest of the owner of the Skelton, but Marjorie Quick does not seem to trust Laurie or the painting.
The second thread of the story in set in 1930's Spain and focuses on Olive Schloss, a young woman who is the daughter of Harold an Art dealer and his wife Sarah. Their story tells of their meeting Issac Robles and his sister Teresa and how their meeting will change all their lives forever.
The story unravels the origin of the painting along with the lies and horror that accompany it. It is a great story; I loved the descriptions of the paintings and twists and turns in the story that make it so original. So if you feel like your creativity is lacking this maybe is the book for you.
Thank you to Ella Bertroud for the recommendation!