The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff

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Where the eye sees the brushstroke, the heart sees the truth.
At thirty-five, Gabriella “Ella” Graham is a successful portrait artist in London. She captures the essential truth in each of her subjects’ faces—a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye—and immortalizes it on canvas. But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella’s sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe’s behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate’s portrait.
From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints—including an elderly client reflecting on her life and a woman dreading the prospect of turning forty—Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person’s life than what is seen on the surface. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than about the artist herself.
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About Isabel Wolff

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ISABEL WOLFF was born in Warwickshire and studied English at Cambridge. She is the author of seven bestselling novels, and has been published in twenty-three languages. She lives with her family in London, where she is at work on her next novel, to be published by Bantam.

Author Residence: London, England.

Author Hometown: Rugby, Warwickshire
Published October 4, 2011 by Bantam. 337 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Gabriella “Ella” Graham is a portrait artist in her mid-30s, living in present-day London, whose dedication to her artwork precludes her developing personal relationships, in this latest from Brit aut

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Book Review. THE VERY PICTURE OF YOU ... Wolff's latest novel presents a
captivating, seductive view into the thoughts of an open-minded portrait artist.

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I liked the fact it was a British book but that London didn’t keep cropping up as an extra character the way it can with some authors (probably the ones who don’t live there – Wolff, however, does).

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