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The American Painter Emma Dial

A Novel

Samantha Peale


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“A racy, muscular, enlightening beauty of a novel.” —James McManus

Emma Dial is a virtuoso painter who executes the works of Michael Freiburg, a preeminent figure in the New York art world. She has a sensuous and exacting hand, hips like a matador, and long neglected ambitions of her own. She spends her days completing a series of pictures for Freiburg's spring exhibition and her nights drinking and dining with friends and luminaries. Into this landscape walks Philip Cleary, Emma's longtime painting hero and a colleague and rival of her boss. Philip Cleary represents the ideal artistic existence, a respected painter, fearless and undeterred by fashion. He is unmatched by anyone from Emma's generation. Except, just possibly, Emma herself. Emma Dial must choose between the security of being a studio assistant to a renowned painter and the unknown future as an artist in her own right.

Samantha Peale writes with astonishing insight about a young woman who risks everything to fulfill her ambitions as an artist.

Praise For The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel

Emma is a fully developed character, a smart young woman who must choose between an easy pass into a world of excitement and glamour and the hard work and heavy risk of personal achievement.
— Barbara Fisher - Boston Globe

[A] splendid first novel....A wonderful achievement, The American Painter Emma Dial is a novel that should have broad appeal—a treat for both the artist of any medium and the general reader.

— Ron Slate - On the Seawall

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393068207, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2009

About the Author

Samantha Peale lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.