I recently purchased my own copy of Girl Reading by Katie Ward and when I got it home I couldn't resist opening it up and reading a few pages. Only, once I started, I couldn't stop. This book combines two of my favorite things: Art and Reading. Each chapter tells the story of the woman behind 7 different works of art. It is also a journey through time, the first woman's story taking place in 1333, the last in 2060. At first, none of these stories appear to be connected...until you get to the last chapter. Then it all comes together in an unexpected way.
Katie Ward is an amazing author. Her writing will definitely keep you reading. It's hard to choose a favorite story line, but one of my favorites is the second one that revolves around the painting Woman Reading by Dutch artist Pieter Janssens Elinga; it's really the story of his deaf maid, Esther, and her place in the artist's household. But all of the women in this book, and their stories, are equally memorable. I really like that Girl Reading isn't formulaic or predictable. In fact, I think it's this book's uniqueness that I love most of all.
|Pieter Janssens Elinga - Woman Reading, 1668|