Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Artist Colony

Today we are pleased to feature The Artist Colony by Joanna FitzPatrick. Thanks to Caitlin Hamilton Marketing, we have one copy to give away!

July 1924. Sarah Cunningham, a young Modernist painter, arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea from Paris to bury her older sister, Ada Belle. En route, she is shocked to learn that Ada Belle’s suspicious death is a suicide. But why kill herself? Her plein air paintings were famous and her upcoming exhibition of portraitures would bring her even wider recognition.

Sarah puts her own artistic career on hold and, trailed by Ada Belle’s devoted dog, Albert, becomes a secret sleuth, a task made harder by the misogyny and racism she discovers in this seemingly idyllic locale.

Part mystery, part historical fiction, this engrossing novel celebrates the artistic talents of early women painters, the deep bonds of sisterhood, the muse that is beautiful scenery, and the determination of one young woman to discover the truth, to protect an artistic legacy, and to give her sister the farewell she deserves.

“Bold, creative, and unexpected—all the things nice ladies weren’t supposed to be when they escaped to Carmel-by-the-Sea to make art without criticism. FitzPatrick, a descendant of one of those feisty female pioneers, has honored her family legacy and entertained her fans with a fast-paced whodunit that is equal parts loving tribute and killer thriller.”
—Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus and Loving Edie

Photo by Michelle Magdalena
Joanna FitzPatrick was raised in Hollywood. She started her writing habit by applying her orange fountain pen and a wild imagination to screenplays, which led her early on to produce the film White Lilacs and Pink Champagne. Accepted at Sarah Lawrence College, she wrote her MFA thesis Sha La La: Live for Today about her life as a rock ’n’ roll star’s wife. 

Her more recent work includes two novels, Katherine Mansfield, Bronze Winner of the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) in Historical Fiction, and The Drummer’s Widow. The Artist Colony is her third book. 

Presently, FitzPatrick divides her time between a cottage by the sea in Pacific Grove, California and a hameau in rural southern France where she begins all her book projects. 

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traveler said...

My favorite artist is Marc Chagall.

Kelley said...

Actually my aunt was a very good artist.

Mary C said...

My niece is a wonderful artist.

Carl Scott said...

Good question, but a hard one. How do you just pick one? There is a local guy whose work I admire very much. Here's a link to his Facebook page if you want to have a look. Izrael Rios Garcia - https://www.facebook.com/riosgarciaizrael

Toni Laliberte said...

My favorite artist is Monet. I love his work.

Anita Yancey said...

I don't really have a favorite artist.

diannekc said...

Monet is my favorite artist.

Mary Preston said...

I like the work of Constable. Beautiful landscapes.

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Nancy P said...

I have several but love Monet's work in particular.

Peggy Russo said...

I love Vincent Van Gogh's work