Summary – Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.
Read-Alikes – If you liked this book, here are some others you might enjoy too: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, LaRose by Louise Erdrich, Barkskins by Annie Proulx, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, and The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve.
Book Club – The Last Painting of Sara De Vos will be Carol’s book club selection for June. Book Discussion will be held on Tuesday June 20th at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available behind the Circulation Desk. Downloadable formats can be found through MyMediaMall and Hoopla.