The Very Picture of You

The Very Picture of You

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
Where the eye sees the brushstroke, the heart sees the truth.
 
From Isabel Wolff, the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair, comes a beguiling novel about artistic inspirations, family secrets, and the courage to turn one’s life into a masterpiece.
 
At thirty-five, Gabriella Graham—“Ella” to her family and friends—has already made a name for herself as a successful portrait artist in London. She can capture the essential truth in each of her subjects’ faces—a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye—and immortalize it on canvas. This gift has earned Ella commissions from royals and regular folks alike.

But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella’s sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe’s behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate’s portrait.

From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints—an elderly client reflecting on her life, another woman dreading the prospect of turning forty, a young cyclist (from a photograph) who met a tragic end—Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person’s life than what is seen on the surface, a notion made even clearer when an unexpected email arrives from the other side of the world. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than the artist herself.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in Isabel Wolff’s vibrant and textured story, these words are brilliantly crafted to convey the humor, mystery, and beauty that exists within each of us.

Baker & Taylor
At thirty-five, Gabriella Graham--"Ella" to her family and friends--has already made a name for herself as a successful portrait artist in London. She can capture the essential truth in each of her subjects' faces--a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye--and immortalize it on canvas. This gift has earned Ella commissions from royals and regular folks alike. Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person's life than what is seen on the surface, a notion made even clearer when an unexpected email arrives from the other side of the world. And as her portraits progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than the artist herself.

Baker
& Taylor

Distinguishing herself as an evocative portrait painter in London, Ella Saville completes three life-changing works that reveal the secrets of her own life.
Distinguishing herself as an evocative portrait painter in London, Ella Saville completes three life-changing works that reveal to her her capacity for choosing to love a good man, the importance of living life to its fullest and the ultimate gift of the person who has most influenced her existence. By the author of A Vintage Affair.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807844
0553807846
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 25 cm

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lppires Aug 21, 2012

I read "Vintage Affair"first from the same author, and the 2 books are very similar in plot. After I got to the middle of "The Very Picture... "I almost gave up, as everything seemed very predictable, but if you are reading this author for the first time, you probably will enjoy. I was expecting more, so got a bit disappointed.

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jenco1
Jul 31, 2012

Loved this book! Great little secrets as the book unfolds!

sunny143 May 12, 2012

A nice story with likeable characters that was written in a conversational way. The ending was very transparent but I enjoyed it anyway.

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Adele_Jaunty
Jan 05, 2012

This novel is a quick, light read with a happy ending for all, but it is engaging all the way through. It has various personality traits that you will recognize or have encountered in people you know. Highly readable and entertaining.

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