Historical Novels Review
This unusual novel succeeds because its characters come across as authentic and human. The worlds they live in are grim—starvation and the threat of defeat in France, government oppression and religious persecution in Japan—so obviously they cannot remain unaffected by outside events. But the author shows change deftly, plausibly, with the power of love as a backdrop. Despite its setting of war and destruction, The Painting provides hope for a future where life will go on.
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