Melanie White

Hiding the Light

The Muse

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The title of The Muse, as with Jessie Burton’s successful debut The Miniaturist, is something of a red herring. Although the book revolves around Odelle, a writer in 1960s London, and Olive, a painter in 1930s Spain, Burton focuses more on issues of authorship than inspiration: the creator rather than the object of the creator’s gaze.

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