Sylvia Gilbertson, author of The Muse

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own is pleased to present local author Sylvia Gilbertson for a reading and book signing from her novel The Muse!

Bold and talented but capricious, portrait artist Ada Sutter has escaped an unpromising background to hone her craft in Florence, Italy. Bewitched by the beauty of Renaissance art, she labors to replicate the work of the Italian masters. She can duplicate any technique, but what she really seeks - the source, the wellspring of genuine inspiration - remains elusive. What's worse, an expert tells her that her work is banal and derivative. She's ready to trade it all in for Italian babies and sex on the beach. And then the Muse himself appears. Indifferent, androgynous, seductive, he draws everyone - even his own mother - into an erotic vortex of creative power. Grappling with him in a fever of artistic and sexual ferment, Ada's own voice is finally released, upending her life and her work. Paul Gauguin once said that art is either plagiarism or revolution. Ada chooses revolution.

Sylvia Gilbertson grew up in Gary, Indiana. After abandoning a career in civil litigation to study medicinal herbs, she and her husband moved to the mountains of northern Italy, where they raised their daughter and two cats. She now writes and translates in Madison, Wisconsin.

"It's not often that one encounters a novel with the energy of an espresso, the heat of a sultry stroll along the Mediterranean, and the sizzle of human passion. The Muse not only offers all that, but asks what art is – and provides an answer. This novel is as fun and thoughtful as it is beautiful." – Laurel Yourke, author of Waiting for Beethoven

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
The Muse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780985842741
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Effertrux - October 30th, 2013