French Impressions: Susan Winkler’s “Portrait of a Woman in White” on love, loss, and the human ability to reinvent oneself
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Susan Winkler was born in Portland, Oregon and educated at Bennington College and Stanford University, L’Académie in Paris and the University of Geneva. She was trained as a journalist at Fairchild Publications in New York and has authored the four editions of The Paris Shopping Companion. Susan currently lives in Portland, Oregon and where she pursues a lifelong interest in art.
1940, France: The eccentric Rosenswig-Assouline family is immersed in a belle-époque lifestyle filled with art and antiques in their splendid chateau, Le Paradis. The Matisse portrait of Lili’s mother hangs in their Paris salon. The day before ardent young lovers Lili and Paul plan to marry, the Nazis invade Paris, and the family is irrevocably thrust into the pressure cooker of war. The family flees toward Lisbon, but at the border Paul is detained and compelled to join the French army, while Lili is forced ahead to America. As their fortunes fall, Lili and Paul and the others scramble to do what they must to survive while trying to adapt to the emotional devastation. When the beloved Matisse portrait is looted by Nazi leader Hermann Göring, their fate is ultimately interwoven with that of their portrait. This is their search for lost love and lost art, set to romance and mystery, inspired by history.
Portrait of a Woman in White by Susan Winkler is an engaging search for lost family, lost love and lost art that was inspired by the author’s family history. And while the Rosenswig family is fictitious, other key players and events include the historic, from Matisse and Göring to French museum spy Rose Valland. To purchase Portrait of a Woman in White (2014, She Writes Press), visit: Portrait of a Woman in White.
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“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
“I’ve read Portrait with great enjoyment. What a beautiful story.” —Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of White Fire.
Excerpt from Portrait of a Woman in White: A Novel by Susan Winkler. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Winkler. Used with permission of She Writes Press. All rights reserved.