The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded--even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter--Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort"-- Provided by publisher.
1928. For the people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. For Clara Darden, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. She is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, and dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. She's juggling the affections of two very different men-- with no idea they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression. In 1974 the terminal is full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the drug dealers who roam the floor. Recently divorced, Virginia Clay has accepted a job in the information booth to support herself and her daughter. Discovering an abandoned watercolor within the terminal, Virginia embarks on a quest to find the artist. -- adapted from publisher info.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524742959
1524742953
Branch Call Number: FIC Davis F
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 24 cm

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junie2
Jul 12, 2019

This is an excellent novel. I enjoyed the settings and the discussion of art in the 1920s.

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behere
Jan 15, 2019

Fiona Davis has done it again. Writing historical fiction and solving a mystery in one literary bundle.

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laphampeak
Nov 29, 2018

Artistically written with a strong female lead. The story easily shifted between two eras with well defined characters. Overall it was a pleasure to read.

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GummiGirl
Oct 01, 2018

If you enjoyed "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" or "The Blazing World," you'll like this one as well. It's a bit too tidy but successfully evokes its two time periods and the women's issues associated with them.

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BONNIE S SAUNDERS
Sep 19, 2018

A bit far fetched but like her other books which also combine architecture and mystery, reality and fiction, The Masterpiece is an excellent introduction to a little known subject.

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doona88
Sep 08, 2018

The Masterpiece is a superb read and one you will not want to put down. All the historical details included about Grand Central Station in New York City were fascinating and deftly woven into the plot and overall story. This is one of the best novels I have ever read, and I am a more than avid reader. Check it out now!

DPLpaigeone Jul 07, 2018

Fiona Davis's new book is filled with art and mystery in NYC. Place a hold on it now.

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