The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel

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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.

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“The American Painter Emma Dial is wicked, subversive, satirical, sophisticated, and deep. Its thematic undertones echo down the gallery of the underling-overthrowing story with fresh and brilliant new notes.”―Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man

“This is the novel about New York’s art world I have always wanted to read. It is sexy, smart, super-cool. Samantha Peale has done the near-impossible.”―Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

“This book is electric, charged with sexual desire, ambition, power, and terrific writing. I read it from start to finish in an afternoon, a guilty pleasure.”―Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

The American Painter Emma Dial is a racy, muscular, enlightening beauty of a novel. Samantha Peale captures the lusty entanglements of a virtuoso painter at large in Miami and New York with aplomb. Read her book.”―James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street

“This is a nervy, intelligent book about the hazards of being creative, brilliant, and female in the New York art world. Samantha Peale’s inside knowledge of painting and painters, her deft writing and unsentimental eye make this novel riveting and revelatory. A pleasure.”―Michelle Huneven, author of Jamesland

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

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