The Mistressclass by Michèle Roberts
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A painter's death sets into motion a story of desire-past and present-and its enduring repercussions

Catherine and Vinny are sisters and writers living in contemporary London. Catherine, a professor, publishes erotic novels under an assumed name, keeping her acclaimed novelist husband, Adam, in the dark. When not writing her poetry, Vinny wanders the streets of the city marking the houses of female authors with chalk quotations from their work.

When Adam's father dies, both women are forced to reconsider the event that shaped their lives, the betrayal at the heart of their relationships. Haunted by their individual and common pasts, they must come to terms with each other, and with their present-day lives.

Acclaimed author Michèle Roberts not only brings history to life-interwoven into this contemporary narrative is the story of another set of sisters, the Brontës-but illuminates the way it informs, or shadows, the present. Evocative, emotional, and intelligent, The Mistressclass is an exploration of the desires that move us-toward art and literature, and toward each other.
 

About Michèle Roberts

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Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve novels, including Fair Exchange; Daughters of the House, which won the W. H. Smith Literary Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize; and The Looking Glass. Half English and half French, Roberts divides her time between London and Mayenne, France.
 
Published April 3, 2003 by Little Brown. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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At loose ends, Catherine accompanied them to Robert’s studio in France and ended up with Adam (maybe Robert too).

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The Mistressclass by Michèle Roberts Little, Brown £15.99, pp304 In a farmhouse in France, Catherine steals her sister's lover.

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In her 12th novel, the Booker shortlisted Roberts (The Looking Glass) presents two London writer-sisters in their early 50s locked in a slow-motion love triangle.

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