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Spotlight: Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick

About the Book

Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.

But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found—and only one member of the family knows why.

As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.

A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.

About the Author

Serena Burdick  grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts. She attended Sarah Lawrence College out of high school before moving to California to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has always been active in theater as well as writing. She holds an Associates Degree from The American Academy of Dramatic arts in Theater, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College in English Literature. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Girl in the Afternoon is Serena's first novel.

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