In 1903, the artist Gwendolen Mary John travels from London to France with her companion Dorelia. Surviving on their wits and Gwen's raw talent, the young women walk from Calais to Paris. In the new century, the world is full of promise- it is time for Gwen to step out from the shadow of her overbearing brother Augustus and seek out the great painter and sculptor Auguste Rodin. It is time to be brave and visible, to love and be loved - and time perhaps to become a hero as the stain of anti-Semitism spreads across Europe.
Goldie Goldbloom grew up in Western Australia. She has received many national and international awards for her fiction and her nonfiction, and is author of The Paperbark Shoe and You Lose These and Other Stories. One of her stories was selected for inclusion in the Best Australian Short Stories of 2015. The National Endowment for the Arts (USA), and the Brown Foundation Fellows Program, Dora Maar House in MUnerbes (France), amongst others, have honoured her with fellowships. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Chicago and the mother of eight children.