After Sappho Book
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RELEASE DATE - 15 JULY 2022
It's 1895. Amid laundry and bruises, Rina Pierangeli Faccio gives birth to the child of the man who raped her - and who she has also been forced to marry. Unbroken, she determines to change her name; and her life, alongside it.
1902. Romaine Brooks sails for Capri. She has barely enough money for the ferry, nothing for lunch; her paintbrushes are bald and clotted... But she is sure she can sell a painting - and is fervent in her belief that the island is detached from all fates she has previously suffered. ...In 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: I want to make life fuller - and fuller.
Told in a series of cascading vignettes, featuring a multitude of voices, After Sappho is Selby Wynn Schwartz's joyous reimagining of the lives of a brilliant group of feminists, sapphists, artists and writers in the late 19th and early 20th century as they battle for control over their lives; for liberation and for justice. Sarah Bernhard - Colette - Eleanora Duse - Lina Poletti - Josephine Baker - Virginia Woolf... these are just a few of the women (some famous, others hitherto unsung) sharing the pages of a novel as fierce as it is luminous.
Lush and poetic; furious and funny; in After Sappho, Selby Wynn Schwartz has created a novel that celebrates the women and trailblazers of the past and also offers hope for our present, and our futures.
“What a wonder. This book is splendid: impish, irate, deep, courageous, moving, funny… and truly significant, I think.”
Lucy Ellmann, author of the Booker Prize-shortlisted Ducks, Newburyport
“It’s brilliant, an unobtrusive, quietly mesmerising, imagined collocation of linked feminist lives that succeeds in delineating a movement bigger than all of them without diminishing any one of them. … An inspiration.”
Ian Patterson, poet and literary critic
“This book is DYNAMITE. I have tick marks on every page.”
Todd McEwen, novelist and literary critic
Bold... radical... artful... Less fiction than vitally fictionalised fact, this fine novel is an inspiring and witty ode to sisterhood and sapphism."
|Author||Selby Wynn Schwartz