Want to join us for a readalong of “Girl Reading” by Katie Ward?
Some weeks ago Caroline from “Beauty is a sleeping cat” blogged about Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, a writer whose “Girl with a Pearl Earring” I enjoyed. In the comments talk went from Chevalier to Susan Vreeland, and then Caroline mentioned a book called “Girl Reading” by Katie Ward that Danielle from A work in Progress had blogged about. All three books deal in their own way with art and women and Caroline and I decided to read Girl Reading together in June.
This is the synopsis of Girl Reading:
Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading. A young orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist’s servant girl in 17th-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. A young woman reading in a Shoreditch bar catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture, and a Victorian medium holds a book that she barely acknowledges while she waits for the exposure. Each chapter of this richly textured debut takes us into a perfectly imagined tale of how each portrait came to be, and as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond – an inspired celebration of women reading and the artists who have caught them in the act.
We are planning to start in the last week of June, that would be Monday the 25th.
Is anyone else interested in reading along with us? Let me or Caroline know, so we can keep track of each other’s progress and discuss the book together.
Who will read along?