At thirty a woman has a directness in her eye. Juliet Montague did anyhow. She knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted to buy a refrigerator.
But in a rash moment, Juliet commissions a portrait of herself instead. She has been closeted by her conservative Jewish community for too long, ever since her husband disappeared. Now she is ready to be seen.
So begins the journey of a suburban wife and mother into the heart of '60s London and its thriving art world, where she proves an astute spotter of talent. Yet she remains an outsider: drawn to a reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset and unable to feel free until she has tracked down her husband - a quest that leads to California and a startling discovery.
Captivates you with its charm, quirkiness and old-fashioned storytellingThis charming, mesmerising story is ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit, not the caging of it . . . Solomons has created a warm, luscious read that brims with passion and skilfully evokes a bygone era when only married women could be prescribed the Pill, when the sexual revolution was just beginning and when children were cheerfully given cherry brandy as a "sleeping draught". It is a beautifully written tale about a woman who was left socially dead but rose again by seizing life.The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
is a colourful and captivating tale of a woman shedding her skin.Natasha Solomons typically binds her themes with her gift as a storyteller. Many times I had to stop and gasp for air at some incredible revelation. But mostly this is a portrait of a woman. Solomons doesn't tell us Juliet is beautiful, but you know she is from the way her head and heart behave and the way the men in her orbit adore her.This brilliant novel is infused with empathy and humour. I adored it.A luminous book - passionate, rich and touching.The loose and liberated art world of the 1960s in the setting for The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
, a charming tale by Natasha Solomons. After having her portrait painted, a newly abandoned wife breaks free from her uptight upbringing to find a new love and life.Solomons creates in Juliet a detailed character portrait of a woman who exhibits strength and poise under less than ideal conditions. Each chapter tells the story of one of Juliet's paintings and of important events in her life, and readers will respond to the realistic and beautifully flawed characteristics assigned to her.The entrancing new novel by the author of the international bestsellers Mr Rosenblum's List
and The Novel in the Viola
.Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola
, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.A joy to read, full of warmth, quirky humour and poignancy - a perfect summer read for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
.National press advertising and ads across women's lifestyle sites.Pop-up author events throughout the summer.Reading group campaign.THE NOVEL IN THE VIOLA was a Richard & Judy Summer Read as well as a New York Times bestseller. MR ROSENBLUM'S LIST was shortlisted for the Galaxy Awards.
By the author of the international bestseller MR ROSENBLUM`S LIST, the captivating story of the life and loves of a woman who breaks free of her strict Jewish upbringing and joins the world of art and artists in sixties London.
Raised by strict Jewish parents in suburban Kent in the 1930s and 40s, Juliet Montague has never rebelled against her upbbringing, even when her husband disappears, which in her tight-knit community means that until he is traced, she cannot have anything to do with another man. But on her 30th birthday, on her way to buy the fridge she has scrimped for, she impulsively decides to spend her savings on a painting by a young artist, who persuades her to let him paint a portrait of herself instead.
The portrait, the first in a series by various artists that punctuates Juliet`s life, marks the beginning of a tricky, exciting and guilt-ridden path as she juggles being a mother and dutiful daughter with the allure of London`s art world in the sixties. She proves a skilful spotter of new talent, but also susceptible to an intriguingly reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset. The more she becomes involved with him and the further she is drawn from her roots, the more important it becomes to track her husband down - a quest which will take her to California.
Natasha Solomons was born in 1980. Her first job, aged nine, was as a shepherdess, minding the flock on Bulbarrow hill. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter with her husband, and they are currently working on the adaptation of MR ROSENBLUM`S LIST. She is also researching a PhD in eighteenth-century poetry. She lives in Dorset.