Waiting on Wednesday #16 // Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

stolen-beauty-9781501131981_hrThis week I am waiting on Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese.

Release Date: February 7, 2016

From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings.

In the dazzling glitter of 1903 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the façade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele’s coffee house afternoons and cultural salons.

Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria—and overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to survive and keep her family—and their history—alive.

Will Maria and her family escape the grip of Nazis’ grip? And what will become of the paintings that her aunt nearly sacrificed everything for?

Let’s just be honest, this book may as well scream “Hello! I am Lauren’s kryptonite! Hand me to her and you will not see her for as long as it takes her to read this 320 page beauty!”

This is a World War II story and it is a story about an artist. I seem to be really interested in fictionalized accounts of famous artist’s lives. This year I read the beautiful book Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and I loved the atmosphere that Horan created with a twenty year relationship.

It sounds like Albanese will do something similar here, but it is also a generational story. Plus Gustav Klimt is an artist that I don’t know a lot about personally. I know of his art though, and this book might be a cool door into his life.

What books are you looking forward to? Is there anything you wish you could have right now?

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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