About the Book
Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading. A young orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance
maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist’s servant girl in 17th-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from
her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. A young woman reading in a Shoreditch bar catches the eye
of a young man who takes her picture, and a Victorian medium holds a book that she barely acknowledges while
she waits for the exposure. Each chapter of this richly textured debut takes us into a perfectly imagined tale of how
each portrait came to be, and as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond—an
inspired celebration of women reading and the artists who have caught them in the act.