Lois Swann Speaks to the Power of Art in New Book

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Lorenzo has lost everything but artistic skill and it will take the love of a lifetime to restore him in ‘The Painter.’

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Readers of Lois Swann’s “The Mists of Manittoo” and “Torn Covenants” are celebrating the release of her long-awaited third novel, “The Painter” (published by AuthorHouse), the story of a young painter overcoming loss to create his masterpiece.

“The novel engages readers by foiling stereotypes, fusing artistic endeavor and technical prowess with human relationships over the course of the protagonist’s long life,” Swann says.

In the closing days of World War II, as a reward for rescuing Italian masterpieces from Nazi hands, artist Lorenzo Frasca leaves Italy for the United States, hoping to embark on a career as a prominent painter. Out of pity, he has unwisely married Tulia, a cruel and crazed woman with a fragile daughter, Enza. To make ends meet, Lorenzo paints apartment hallways, a soul wearying experience.

Honoring his promise to the priest who has tried to tame Tulia, Lorenzo begins the painting of the parish church, mixing his own pigments from stone, when he meets Anna, a beautiful older woman who becomes his lover and his muse. Brought low by loss, Lorenzo's painted church brings him to the attention and patronage of a Spanish prince who challenges Lorenzo to achieve his masterwork.

“The Painter” takes readers on an artist’s grand tour, infusing the narrative with visions of landscapes, paintings, and the complex beauty of the Alhambra. “The novel turns fast-paced living on its head, immersing the reader in the patient work of paint leading to spiritual illumination,” writes Swann. “The novel is international in character steeped in attitudes Italian, Spanish, Arabic and American.”

Swann invites readers to visit her at http://www.loisswann.com.

“The Painter”
By Lois Swann
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 370 pages | ISBN 9781491819852
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 370 pages | ISBN 9781491819869
E-Book | 370 pages | ISBN 9781491819845
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Lois Swann graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, with a major in drama. She travels regularly to the American Southwest and Eastern and Western Europe. Swann’s manuscripts and papers are archived at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Her first novel won the Ohioana Library Association Award.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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