Picasso's Lovers by Jeanne Mackin

Picasso's Lovers by Jeanne Mackin

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A tangled and vivid portrait of the women caught in Picasso’s charismatic orbit through the affairs, the scandals, and the art—only this time, they hold the brush.

The women of Picasso’s life are glamorous and elusive, existing in the shadow of his fame—until 1950s aspiring journalist Alana Olson determines to bring one into the light. Unsure of what to expect but bent on uncovering what really lies beneath the canvas, Alana steps into Sara Murphy’s well-guarded home to discover a past complicated by secrets and intrigue.

Sara paints a luxurious picture of the French Riviera in 1923, but also a tragic one. The more Sara reveals, the more cracks emerge in Picasso’s once-vibrant social circle—and the more Alana feels a disturbing convergence with her own life. Who are these other muses? What became of them? What will become of 
Desperate to trace the threads, Alana dives into the glittering lives of the past. But to do so she must contend with her own reality, including a strained engagement, the male-dominated world of art journalism, and the rising threat to civil rights in America. With hard truths peeling apart around her, it turns out that the most extraordinary portrait Alana encounters is her own.


“Utterly absorbing and vivid! Picasso’s Lovers invites the reader to spend the summer on the beaches of Antibes in 1923 as the guest of Gerald and Sara Murphy, where Picasso churns out lust-driven masterpieces and casual cruelties in equal measure. Richly woven into the outsized shadow of the famous artist lies the surprising heart of the book—a resonant, honest tale of women and lovers, mothers and daughters.”—Suzanne Rindell, author of The Two Mrs. Carlyles

"The sensual, succulent prose draws the reader in like a particularly delicious work of art."—Historical Novels Review

“Mackin’s clever plot delivers well-timed bombshells, and her characterizations of various women in Picasso’s life—such as Irene Lagut, who is blasé about her roles as lover and muse but nothing more—ring true. Thanks to Mackin, the women who loved and inspired Picasso get their turn in the spotlight.”—Publishers Weekly

Trade Paperback
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-1101990568
Pages: 352