Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick
A Novel of Paris

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Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.

But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found―and only one member of the family knows why.

As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.

A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.


About Serena Burdick

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SERENA BURDICK grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College before moving to California, where she graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and later to New York, where she majored in English Literature at Brooklyn College. She has always been active in theater as well as writing with a passion for the visual arts and Paris. She has returned to Western Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Girl in the Afternoon is Serena's first novel.
Published July 12, 2016 by St. Martin's Press. 287 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction