This novel is a dual narrative that explores the interconnected stories of a 15th-century Italian Renaissance artist named Francesco del Cossa and a modern-day teenager named George. The book is divided into two parts, one set in the past and one in the present, and the order in which they are read can change the reader's interpretation of the story. The novel delves into themes of art, gender, sexuality, and the fluidity of identity, while also examining the ways in which we perceive and understand the world around us.
The 736th greatest book of all time
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This book is on the following lists:
- 7th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
- 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
- Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)
- Women's Prize for Fiction (Women's Prize for Fiction)