[Vwoolf] Talland House
Jane Marie Garrity
jane.garrity at colorado.edu
Mon Feb 3 12:00:20 EST 2020
Maggie, please don’t apologize for telling us about your new book! It sounds wonderful. Heartfelt congratulations!
Associate Professor of English
Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0226
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On Feb 3, 2020, at 9:24 AM, Maggie Humm via Vwoolf <vwoolf at lists.osu.edu<mailto:vwoolf at lists.osu.edu>> wrote:
This is shameless self-promotion but the exciting news came today that my novel Talland House is now on Amazon:
Royal Academy, London 1919: Lily has put her student days in St. Ives, Cornwall, behind her—a time when her substitute mother, Mrs. Ramsay, seemingly disliked Lily’s portrait of her and Louis Grier, her tutor, never seduced her as she hoped he would. In the years since, she’s been a suffragette and a nurse in WWI, and now she’s a successful artist with a painting displayed at the Royal Academy. Then Louis appears at the exhibition with the news that Mrs. Ramsay has died under suspicious circumstances. Talking to Louis, Lily realizes two things: 1) she must find out more about her beloved Mrs. Ramsay’s death (and her sometimes-violent husband, Mr. Ramsay), and 2) She still loves Louis.
Set between 1900 and 1919 in picturesque Cornwall and war-blasted London, Talland House takes Lily Briscoe from the pages of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and tells her story outside the confines of Woolf’s novel—as a student in 1900, as a young woman becoming a professional artist, her loves and friendships, mourning her dead mother, and solving the mystery of her friend Mrs. Ramsay’s sudden death. Talland House is both a story for our present time, exploring the tensions women experience between their public careers and private loves, and a story of a specific moment in our past—a time when women first began to be truly independent.
It will also be in Barnes and Noble and other bookshops in a few months but Amazon do an early bird listing.
Emeritus Professor Maggie Humm
University of East London
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