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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Masterpiece
A Novel
By (author): Fiona Davis
9781524742973 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jul 09, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.29 x 8 x 0.8 in 384 pages Dutton
In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. Though not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a “woman artist,” fiery Clara is single-minded in her quest to achieve every creative success—even while juggling the affections of two very different men. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression…and that even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

By 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Dilapidated and dangerous, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece—an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

Story Locale: New York City

NATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The Dollhouse was on the extended ABA Indiebound Bestseller list for two weeks, and The Address was a national bestseller, with three weeks on the Indie printed list and six weeks on the extended list.

PAPERBACK TIE IN: The paperback of The Masterpiece will tie in to the new hardcover.

HUGE STRIDES WITH THE MASTERPIECE: Fiona’s first two novels both recieved incredible publicity lineups, with rave reviews from People, US Weekly, Ms Magazine, and Publishers Weekly, among others, and with the forthcoming hardcover edition of The Masterpiece we have taken a huge leap. From placement in Costco, to early ravesto add to nine glowing blurbs, to preorders that are up 244% from The Address as of 6/23, we’re breaking Fiona out, and we have a huge opportunity with the paperback of The Masterpiece.

CONNECTED AND DEDICATED AUTHOR: Fiona is a tireless promoter of her own work, hand-delivering galleys to indies, speaking at countless bookclubs and library events, writing articles and completing Q&As online, and utilizing her connections.

ICONIC SETTING AND HISTORICAL CAMEO:The Masterpiece focuses on Grand Central in the 1920s and the 1970s. Jackie O, who advocated for the terminal, makes a cameo.

WORLD RIGHTS: Fiona’s books have so far been sold in German, Italian, Czeck, Greek, Portuguese, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Norweigan, and Turkish.

Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Masterpiece. She lives in New York City and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the Columbia Journalism School.

Author Residence: New York City

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Praise for The Masterpiece:

“Fiona Davis continues a winning formula that showcases the stories behind New York City landmarks…a hard-to-resist and a timely reminder that for far too long the work done by women has been dismissed and disrespected.”—USA Today

The Masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, meticulously researched story.”—New York Journal of Books

“Fiona Davis delivers another stunning narrative.”—US Weekly

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