PETRA A NOVEL explores the redemptive power of love and friendship in an intoxicating story of art and ambition, guilt and forgiveness, travel and empire in the 19th century Middle East. In 1860, Thomas Hudson towers over the New York art world, an artist celebrated for paintings glowing with the power of American nature. By 1868, the death of his children and new tastes in art collecting haunt the corners of his studio. Searching for forgiveness and inspiration, he travels from New York to Paris to see the new wave of French painting and meet a renowned Parisian Orientalist painter, and then onward to Alexandria, Beirut, Jerusalem, and the ancient city of Petra where he expects to revive his fame with stunning, exotic paintings. In the caravan are a devious American entrepreneur, a sympathetic Oxford don, and a spirited English noblewoman married to a Bedouin sheikh. Hudson's journey across a vast map of desire, frustration, danger, and discovery illuminates the past and present.
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Patricia Gray lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and Ripton, Vermont where she balances creative writing, teaching, environmental work, and caring for family. Gray studied international relations and research methods at the College of William and Mary and Catholic University. She studied creative writing at the Postgraduate Writers' Conference of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The writing of Petra draws from her life experiences. The themes and characters are based on eight years of international development work and life in Washington, Jordan and South Asia; ten years of foreign affairs research and writing for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress; eleven years of teaching research methodology at Middlebury College; and many, many years of researching and writing about the life and work of Frederic Edwin Church, a leading figure among theHudson River School painters. Petra, a novel is her first fiction work.
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Book Description Pale Horse Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1939917018
Book Description Pale Horse Books, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1939917018