After Sappho

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“One of the most interesting, inspiring and hands-down loveable novels of the year.”

– Guardian

 

“After Sappho is superb. Mesmerizing. Such incredible writing. And thinking. Selby Wynn Schwartz tips everyone out of the water.”

– Deborah Levy

 

“Bold... radical... artful... Less fiction than vitally fictionalised fact, this fine novel is an inspiring and witty ode to sisterhood and sapphism. … I haven’t read anything I’ve loved so much in a long time.”

– Literary Review

 

It's 1895. Amid laundry and bruises, Rina Pierangeli Faccio gives birth to the child of the man who raped her - and who she has also been forced to marry. Unbroken, she determines to change her name; and her life, alongside it. 

 

1902. Romaine Brooks sails for Capri. She has barely enough money for the ferry, nothing for lunch; her paintbrushes are bald and clotted... But she is sure she can sell a painting - and is fervent in her belief that the island is detached from all fates she has previously suffered. 

 

In 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: I want to make life fuller - and fuller. Told in a series of cascading vignettes, featuring a multitude of voices, After Sappho is Selby Wynn Schwartz's joyous reimagining of the lives of a brilliant group of feminists, sapphists, artists and writers in the late 19th and early 20th century as they battle for control over their lives; for liberation and for justice. 

 

Sarah Bernhard - Colette - Eleanora Duse - Lina Poletti - Josephine Baker - Virginia Woolf... these are just a few of the women (some famous, others hitherto unsung) sharing the pages of a novel as fierce as it is luminous. Lush and poetic; furious and funny; in After Sappho, Selby Wynn Schwartz has created a novel that celebrates the women and trailblazers of the past and also offers hope for our present, and our futures.

Product Details

Price
£9.99
Publisher
Galley Beggar Press
Publish Date
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781913111243

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