October 2013 Indie Next List
“This is a fascinating tale of two women artists -- writer Kathryn Callaghan in this century and painter Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun who lived during the French Revolution. Vigee-Le Brun was a real-life portraitist who included Marie Antoinette among her subjects. Callaghan is 70 and brings the wisdom of her age to the story. Naslund offers a very perceptive look at two women as they progress through their art and their lives. A great read!”
— Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
Midnight on St. James Court, at the heart of which is a foun-tain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has finished the first draft of her novel about Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution who was hated for her -sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Kathryn remains haunted by Elisabeth's experiences, for the women possess similar gifts and burdens in life. And before the next midnight rolls around, Kathryn will have confronted danger as frightening as what Elisabeth faced. Each woman will be called and tested; each will, like Venus, rise -triumphantly above the expectations of her world.
In this, her compelling and intimate ninth book, Sena Jeter Naslund presents an eye-opening alternate vision of The Artist: not an angry young man but a woman of age and hard-won experience who has created a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.
About the Author
Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize. She recently retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.