In the Full light of the Sun

  • Author: Clare Clark
  • Publisher:Virago Press Ltd
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Release Date: July 9, 2019
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  • GenrePotpourri
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Book Summary

Based on a true story, this gorgeous new novel follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in an art scandal—involving newly discovered van Goghs—that rocks Germany amidst the Nazis’ rise to power.

Hedonistic and politically turbulent, Berlin in the 1920s is a city of seedy night clubs and sumptuous art galleries. It is home to millionaires and mobs storming bakeries for rationed bread. These disparate Berlins collide when Emmeline, a young art student; Julius, an art expert; and a mysterious dealer named Rachmann all find themselves caught up in the astonishing discovery of thirty-two previously unknown paintings by Vincent van Gogh.

In the Full Light of the Sun explores the trio’s complex relationships and motivations, their hopes, their vanities, and their self-delusions—for the paintings are fakes and they are in their own ways complicit. Theirs is a cautionary tale about of the aspirations of the new Germany and a generation determined to put the humiliations of the past behind them.

With her signature impeccable and evocative historical detail, Clare Clark has written a gripping novel about beauty and justice, and the truth that may be found when our most treasured beliefs are revealed as illusions. 

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About The Author

CLARE CLARK is the author of The Great Stink, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and The Nature of Monsters. She lives in London.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

A fascinating novel of mystery and the art world! This was such a neat book to read and I was really intrigued by the tale. Having a bit of an interest in the art world, it was cool to read about Van Gough in this book. The author was able to make the story interesting and keep the reader engaged in a topic that many could find boring. I wasn’t bored, and I ended more curious than I started with the topic of art. It is a neat novel that many could enjoy. 

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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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1 Comment

  1. Amy Bruno

    I found this one to be fascinating too! Thaks for being on the tour.

    HF Virtual Book Tours


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