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Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind
by Anne Charnock


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History is storytelling. But some stories remain untold.

In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.  Read more...


 
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Overview

History is storytelling. But some stories remain untold.

In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.

In the present day, a copyist painter receives a commission from a wealthy Chinese businessman to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting. Together, the painter and his teenage daughter visit China, and in doing so they begin their escape from a tragic family past.

In the twenty-second century, a painting is discovered that's rumored to be the work of Paolo Uccello's daughter. This reawakens an art historian's dream of elevating Antonia Uccello, an artist ignored by history because of her gender.

Stories untold. Secrets uncovered. But maybe some mysteries should remain shrouded.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781503950436
  • ISBN-10: 1503950433
  • Publisher: 47north
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 244
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Charnock (A Calculated Life) attempts a complicated multi-threaded structure in her second novel, but it fails to live up to its initial promise. In present-day Shanghai, 13-year-old Toni and her father, a copyist painter, meet with a client to decide which masterpiece Tonis father will copy next. Both are struggling to heal from Tonis mothers sudden death. In 2113 London, aspiring art historian Toniah, second-generation daughter of a parthenogenetic family, attempts to settle into a job where she downplays the reputations of famous male painters. In 1469 Florence, the master painter Paolo Uccello (a real-world figure) tries to decide whether to marry off his 12-year-old daughter Antonia or to train her in painting and make her into a nun. Each thread centers on painting and art history, and each is told pleasantly and competently enough, but the threads fail to intersect or shed light on one another clearly enough for it to be obvious what they are doing in the same novel. Charnocks breezy style and interesting historical tidbits dont make up for the books overall lack of plot or dramatic tension. (Dec.)

 
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