The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons
London, 1958. It’s the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague’s conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, shefinds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her thirtieth birthday, that’s all about to change. A wealthy young artist asks to paint her portrait, and Juliet, moved by the powerful desire to be seen, enters into the burgeoning art world of 1960s London, which will bring her fame, fortune, and a life-long love aff air.
This book is absolutely wonderfully written. It is the kind of book that makes you remember why you love reading and inspires you to want to write yourself.
I loved Solomons’ writing style, the descriptions are perfect. She captures places, people, emotions in a beautiful way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Every page was a pleasure and I was sorry to reach the last page. I loved exploring 1960s London and the theme of art running throughout was a nice touch.
I couldn’t recommend this book enough. It is an absolute joy from beginning to end.
I received an advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.