Readings from Oconomowaukee presents an afternoon event with Sarah Winman, author of Still Life. In conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Lisa Baudoin of Books & Company. Please note, this will be a spoiler-friendly event.
Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs sink villages, a young English soldier, Ulysses Temper, finds himself in the wine cellar of a deserted villa. There, he has a chance encounter with Evelyn Skinner, a middle-aged art historian intent on salvaging paintings from the ruins. In each other, Ulysses and Evelyn find a kindred spirit amidst the rubble of war-torn Italy, and paint a course of events that will shape Ulysses's life for the next four decades. When an unexpected inheritance brings him back to where it all began, Ulysses knows better than to tempt fate: he must return to the Tuscan hills.
Praise all around for this novel! From the starred Kirkus review: "[The] narrative feels almost breathless at times . . . which makes it feel as if the unknown narrator is relating a long story deep into the night....An unexpected treatise on the many forms love and beauty can take, set against the backdrop of Florence."
Sarah Winman is the author of three previous novels, Tin Man, A Year of Marvelous Ways, and When God Was a Rabbit.
Purchase a copy of Still Life here: https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9780593330760 or here: https://www.booksco.com/book/9780593330760