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Sourcebooks Landmark (March 2015)
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Historical adventure fiction


by Goldreich, Gloria

Brimming with historic personalities from Europe, America, and Israel, The Bridal Chair is a stunning portrait of love, fortitude, and sharp insights on art and real life, as seen through the eyes of a young woman discovering her own voice and value beyond the canvas.

Beautiful Ida Chagall, the only daughter of iconic artist Marc Chagall, is struggling to assert her independence under her father's stifling creative genius when she must find a way to save him. In Nazioccupied France, Chagall's status as an exuberant Jewish artist has made him and the family all targets for eradication. But his stubborn devotion to his art blinds him to the imminent danger. When Ida falls in love for the first time as the dark clouds of war hovered over Europe, her disapproving father paints “The Bridal Chair”, an empty wedding chair. The symbol of his anger pierces Ida to the heart. As Chagall's dark artistic vision increasingly dominates her life, she is faced with an impossible choice: Does she fight to forge her own path outside his shadow with the man she loves? Or does she abandon her ambitions to save her beloved father from his enemies and himself? National Jewish Book Award winner GLORIA GOLDREICH is the critically acclaimed author of several novels, including Open Doors (Mira 2008), Dinner With Anna Karenina (Mira 2006), Walking Home (Mira 2005), and Leah's Journey (Harcourt 1978; Berkley 1983), which won the National Jewish Book Award. Her stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as McCall's, Redbook, Ms. Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal. Gloria and her husband, an attorney, live in Tuckahoe, New York.

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