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The masterpiece : a novel, Fiona Davis

Label
The masterpiece : a novel
Title
The masterpiece
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Fiona Davis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded--even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter--Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come. Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece--an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931
  • 1928. For the people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. For Clara Darden, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. She is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, and dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. She's juggling the affections of two very different men-- with no idea they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression. In 1974 the terminal is full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the drug dealers who roam the floor. Recently divorced, Virginia Clay has accepted a job in the information booth to support herself and her daughter. Discovering an abandoned watercolor within the terminal, Virginia embarks on a quest to find the artist.-- adapted from back cover
Cataloging source
TDS
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1966-
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Davis, Fiona
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.)
  • Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.)
  • Artists
  • Sexism
  • Art schools
  • Women
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Divorced women
  • Women artists
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Art schools
  • Women
  • New York (State)
Label
The masterpiece : a novel, Fiona Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 430)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1046657460
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First large print edition.
Extent
430 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780525632962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1046657460
Label
The masterpiece : a novel, Fiona Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 430)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1046657460
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First large print edition.
Extent
430 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780525632962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1046657460

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