Rosemary Enright Isobel

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AN ARTIST'S PASSION

Young Englishwoman Isobel Jefferson is delighted to gain employment as an au pair to a couple in Milan, certain the history and romance of Italy will inspire her artistic talent. But instead of nurturing dreams, Isobel is trapped in the nightmare world of her employer, Nina Fischer, an artist and Holocaust victim now descending into madness.

Running from Milan, Isobel enters the glittery world of 1960s Italian society, where she meets Furio Bonetti, scion of a powerful political family, whom she marries.

But bliss is short-lived, and soon Isobel finds herself alone, pregnant, and terrified, struggling to build a life from broken dreams. Love and laughter await, as does tragedy. But it is the haunting presence of Nina who will ultimately bring Isobel full circle--to her destiny and her talent....

"AN INTRIGUING NOVEL...RECOMMENDED."

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Ranging from the aristocratic venues of Milan to the raucous backstreets of Venice, Enright's latest (after The Walled Garden) will captivate readers with the struggle of its young English heroine to free the artist within her. It's 1966: Isobel Jefferson, intending to pursue her art studies, leaves her unhappy childhood behind for a job in Milan as governess to the wealthy Fischer family. Soon, however, she becomes emmeshed in the madness of Nina Fischer, whose experiences in the German death camps haunt her with increasing ferocity. Isobel finds refuge with a kindly Milanese family of great wealth who look upon her as a daughter, launch her into society and introduce her to the young Furio Bonetti, whom she marries. When the Fischers inadvertently cause the death of Furio and her estrangement from his family, Isobel tells no one she is pregnant and sets forth on an odyssey of independence, sacrifice and self-discovery that, years later, culminates in her emergence as a world-famous artist. Enright's vividly depicted milieu and insightfully rendered cast yield an engrossing novel.
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From Library Journal:

When Isobel Jefferson's plane lands in Milan, she is happy and eager to begin her new life as an au pair for the Fischer family. The promise of art lessons from Nina Fischer helped lure her there, but Mrs. Fischer is not what she appears to be. A strange and horrible connection develops between the two women that lasts for years. Isobel goes on to fall in love, marry, and have a child. Through adversity and loss, she struggles with her art and independence. Indeed, Isobel's fight to free her art from within pushes her to the brink of madness. When she conquers this madness and its connection with Nina Fischer, she is able to find success, recognition, and happiness. This intriguing novel by the author of The Walled Garden (LJ 6/15/93) is recommended for public libraries.-Kathy Ingels Helmond, formerly with Indiana Univ.
Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis Lib.
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