Television shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow tease viewers with a tantalizing question—could you have a treasure hidden in your attic? This universal dream of finding out that your dusty old painting is worth millions inspired Diane Saxton to write PEREGRINE ISLAND (She Writes Press; August 2, 2016; $16.95.)
In her novel, Saxton tells the story of three generations of women who have inherited a painting that they believe was painted by famed artist Simon Crandor. Winter Peregrine, who lives on a private island on the Long Island Sound with her fickle daughter, Elsie, and her tenderhearted granddaughter, Peda, have their quite lives turned upside down when two art “experts” show up to appraise their beloved family heirloom.
The painting is one of the few privately held Crandors, and the two experts – along with Crandor’s debonair grandson, Hamlet – want to determine the piece’s authenticity. But when they pull the painting from its frame, they find more than they bargained for—hidden documents and additional paintings. Who put them there and why? And who stands to gain and lose from the discovery of these stunning treasures? In this engrossing novel that brings the Sound to vibrant life, not even a painting can be taken at face value: “For what you see, or think you see on Peregrine Island, is seldom what it seems.”
DIANE SAXTON was a journalist with Vanity Fair UK, Holiday Magazine, and Greenwich Review, and covered everything from torture victims to psychics, animal rights activists, exotic travel, and movie producers. A new chapter opened up for her after interviewing Amnesty International US founder Hannah Grunwald. Alarmed that the stories of incredible and influential lives such as Grunwald’s could be lost as the Greatest Generation passes, Saxton began capturing their histories and compiled them into a 1,000-page biographical collection, which became the inspiration for her next novel. She brings the same gift for storytelling with illuminating subtext to her debut novel, PEREGRINE ISLAND. For more information, please visit: http://dianebsaxton.com/