The prize-winning debut novel from the author of The Performance
I am not writing this to be sentimental. I am just trying to find an answer to a story...
An artistic girl in Renaissance Venice, quietly rebelling against the constraints of her gender.
A young milordi on a European Grand Tour, recognising the world and his secret sexuality.
A ballerina in nineteenth-century Paris, choosing between suitors.
A Greek mother, beginning a new life with her family in a migrant reception centre in regional Australia.
And, finally, a paintings conservator in contemporary Melbourne, breaking her own heart.
A single, small artwork - subversive, hidden, and oddly blue - somehow survives for five hundred years, linking the lives of these characters.
An intricate tale of grief and discovery, of watery destruction and earthly love.
a multi-layered story of love lost, past and present, and the endurance of art - Books + Publishing
Beautifully done with great imagination - Sydney Morning Herald
Readers who loved Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring will also be captivated by this novel - Sunday Tasmanian
Claire Thomas is a Melbourne writer. Her acclaimed first novel was Fugitive Blue, which won the Dobbie Award for women writers, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Claire holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne where she teaches literary studies and creative writing.