The Improbability of Love (Paperback)

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Oh, to be the proverbial fly on the wall when a newly discovered painting of great importance goes to auction in London amidst a firestorm of interest from international buyers. This little painting has tales to tell of its A-list owners through the ages and does so with razor wit and dripping disdain. In the center of this storm is hapless Annie McMorow who bought it in a junk store. A hilarious romp through adventures and misadventures to obtain the rarest at any cost. Such an excellent book. --Marilyn

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Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize

Annie McDee, thirty-one, lives in a shabby London flat, works as a chef, and is struggling to get by. Reeling from a sudden breakup, she's taken on an unsuitable new lover and finds herself rummaging through a secondhand shop to buy him a birthday gift. A dusty, anonymous old painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the artwork, Annie prepares an exquisite birthday dinner for two--only to be stood up.

The painting becomes hers, and Annie begins to suspect that it may be more valuable than she'd thought. Soon she finds herself pursued by parties who would do anything to possess her picture: an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, an unscrupulous art dealer. In her search for the painting's identity, Annie will unwittingly discover some of the darkest secrets of European history--and the possibility of falling in love again.

About the Author

Hannah Rothschild is the author of The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild. She is also a film director whose documentaries have appeared at such festivals as Telluride and Tribeca. She has written for British Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Independent, and The Spectator, and is vice president of the Hay Literary Festival, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, and the first woman chair of the National Gallery in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101872574
ISBN-10: 1101872578
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English