Past Meetup

North Hills Meeting - The Sidewalk Artist by Gina Buonaguro & Janice Kirk

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September will be my first meeting as group leader! I used to lead the Robinson group and took 2 years off. I'm so glad I was able to help out Kim who has been the North Hills' fearless leader since it started. She did a great job and has big shoes to fill.

Our book for September is called The Sidewalk Artist by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk. I read this book years ago and loved it so I look forward to reading it again.

Here's a synopsis:

While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover. Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter?

Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.

"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do."--Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

We enjoyed meeting at Fox and Hound in August so we'll go there again. We should be in the same place - to the left of the main dining room - but ask the hostess when you get there just to be sure. I'm going to keep looking for the ideal place for us to meet but for now this seems to work for us.

See you there!