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The Very Picture of You

(2011)
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Where the eye sees the brushstroke, the heart sees the truth.

From Isabel Wolff, the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair, comes a beguiling novel about artistic inspirations, family secrets, and the courage to turn one's life into a masterpiece.

At thirty-five, Gabriella Graham - 'Ella' to her family and friends - has already made a name for herself as a successful portrait artist in London. She can capture the essential truth in each of her subjects' faces - a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye - and immortalize it on canvas. This gift has earned Ella commissions from royals and regular folks alike.

But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella's sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe's behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate's portrait.

From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints - an elderly client reflecting on her life, another woman dreading the prospect of turning forty, a young cyclist (from a photograph) who met a tragic end - Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person's life than what is seen on the surface, a notion made even clearer when an unexpected email arrives from the other side of the world. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than the artist herself.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in Isabel Wolff's vibrant and textured story, these words are brilliantly crafted to convey the humor, mystery, and beauty that exists within each of us.

Genre: Romance

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Hardback Editions

October 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Very Picture of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 0-553-80784-6 / 978-0-553-80784-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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January 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Very Picture of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 0-440-42344-9 / 978-0-440-42344-7 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Very Picture Of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 1-55468-857-4 / 978-1-55468-857-9 (Canada edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Very Picture of You: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 0-553-38663-8 / 978-0-553-38663-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Very Picture of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 0-00-724584-X / 978-0-00-724584-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Very Picture Of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
ISBN: 1-55468-856-6 / 978-1-55468-856-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Very Picture of You: A Novel
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
Publisher: Bantam
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October 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Very Picture Of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
Publisher: HarperWeekend
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September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Very Picture of You
Author(s): Isabel Wolff
Publisher: HarperCollins
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