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The masterpiece: a novel

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Takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women strive to make their mark on a world set against them. In 1928 25 year-old Clara is a talented illustrator, with dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. But she and her friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the Great Depression. Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia's life. Recently divorced, she accepts a job in the information booth and stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolour hidden under the dust.
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display_description"For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, 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, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded -- even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter -- Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire artscene. Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, 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"--
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subject_facetArt -- Fiction
Artists -- Fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Divorced women -- Fiction
Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction
Sexism -- Fiction
Women artists -- Fiction
title_displayThe masterpiece : a novel
title_fullThe Masterpiece A Novel
The masterpiece : a novel / Fiona Davis
title_shortThe masterpiece
title_suba novel
topic_facetArt
Artists
Divorced women
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Mystery
Sexism
Women artists