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Portrait of a Woman in White: A Novel by [Winkler, Susan]
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.."..Winkler takes a topic of growing interest, the recovery and return of art stolen by the Nazis, and weaves a story spanning 23 years about one family and one painting. But this is not a novel about the horrors of war or the detective work involved in art recovery. Instead, Winkler focuses on the struggles of trying to reestablish a life when everything you know and love is gone." -Booklist

"Each copy should come with a "Perfect for Book Club" sticker on the cover!" -ROSE CITY READER

...Winkler takes a topic of growing interest, the recovery and return of art stolen by the Nazis, and weaves a story spanning 23 years about one family and one painting. But this is not a novel about the horrors of war or the detective work involved in art recovery. Instead, Winkler focuses on the struggles of trying to reestablish a life when everything you know and love is gone.
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Each copy should come with a 'Perfect for Book Club' sticker on the cover!
"Rose City Reader"
Fiction depicting one family . . . serves deep truths about individuals and societies. We are invited to consider how art is valued or debased, and what is transitory in our lives, what permanent. A compelling journey.
Dr. David Altshuler, Founding Director, Museum of Jewish Heritage
"Portrait of a Woman in White" is a fairy tale, interrupted . . . a poignant novel about the members of a close Jewish family whose beautiful lives are suddenly shattered when the Nazis invade France. Placed against the backdrop of Hitler s efforts to plunder a nation s cultural treasures, the story gives us characters and a world of such refinement that any reader will be captivated."Between the Covers: The Book Babes Guide to a Woman s Reading Pleasures"
Two cultured French families lose everything in the Second World War, even each other. Winkler spins from this tragic tale a thing of beauty, as delicately radiant as the imagined painting at its core, even as she keeps the pages turning until the end.
Nicole Mones, author of "Night in Shanghai"
I've read "Portrait of a Woman in White" with great enjoyment. What a beautiful story.
Douglas Preston, best-selling author of seventeen novels, including "White Fire""

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2621 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MI0UVVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #823,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and captivating read! I could not put this book down! 15 Aug. 2014
By Jules - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has been my most enjoyable read of recent memory. I could not put it down! In fact, I'm a bit blurry as I write this - the consequence of a "I'll have a quick read before bed" turned into a late night "I cannot sleep until I know what happens next!"

On a fundamental level, Winkler tells a captivating story of a family trying to find their place in a changing society - rife with love and loss. While the aesthetic beauty surrounding the Rosenswig's life in France is shattered as a consequence of Hitler's uprising, the beauty of Winkler's prose remain to tell a tale that explores fundamental truths of the human experience and how far we can push ourselves to survive. The juxtaposition of the Rosenswig's experience with that of their Matisse portrait enriches every step of the journey.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a perfect blend of refined culture 11 Nov. 2014
By Teresa J. Florio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Susan Winkler, author of "Portrait of a Woman in White" truly demonstrates a captivating and artistic literary style. The book is a perfect blend of refined culture, heart and soul romance, in a true to life historical setting. It's the type of book that entices you in wonderment and anticipation of what develops next. You get a real sense of who the characters are, who are described in great detail. I personally read the book completely in 3 sittings. It's a lovely book that you are sure to enjoy from cover to cover.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love this novel -every page captures your head and your heart! 19 Sept. 2014
By Linda Canning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
You will enjoy the experience of reading this novel. The author does a great job of integrating complex and intriguing characters with a story about art and history. She shows a true understanding and compassion for her characters. As I turned the pages I experienced the good, bad, and indifference in each scene.As the novel drew to a close I found myself hoping that another novel would soon be published by this very talented and imaginative author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, moving historical novel 19 Oct. 2014
By Quality control - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This narrative is so strong, I read "Portrait" in one sitting. Working on a big canvas the author evokes, through a few strong characters, the human reactions as told in all the history we've read--the hesitations, disbelief, cruelty, dislocation, but resilience and adjustment also—all the emotional currents of the era. Having lived or visited the areas of Paris, New York, and San Francisco where this novel is set, and read period biographies of the artists, my husband and I can testify to the author's deep research. Her recreation of the cities and fabric of life: furniture, architecture, clothing, food, etc., is amazing and as pleasurable as the story. In a way "Portrait" is a worthy fictional counterpoint to the memoir “The Hare with Amber Eyes."
Bruce and Jeanette Morrison
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Sept. 2014
By collin clifford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you like historical fiction you'll love this book
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