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A Light of Her Own

In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.

Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to try to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic.

Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion. 

A Light of Her Own released November 13, 2018.

Colorful and absorbing . . .

“Callaghan paints a lively portrait of seventeenth-century Dutch life and the struggles female artists endured to make names for themselves.” —Heather Webb, author of Rodin’s Lover and Becoming Josephine

Glowing prose . . .

“Illuminates the diffi cult lives of two female painters who pay dearly for their love of art in seventeenth-century Holland.” —Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace, 2017 RWA RITA® Award

Vividly rendered . . .

“Judith Leyster’s story is one of loyalty, independence, and fi nding her place in a world dominated by male artists like Rembrandt and Molenaer.” —Jenni L. Walsh, author of Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde

Brimming with color and light . . .

“A vivid, ambitious novel about art and female friendship . . . engaging, heartfelt.” —Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of The Seamstress and The Air You Breathe

Richly detailed . . .

“Nevertheless, she persisted, even back in the Dutch Golden Age.” —Debra Dean, bestselling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

Impeccably researched and vibrantly told . . .

“Two women seek space, respect and professional opportunity in a culture that allows them very little of it . . . paints a picture worthy of Judith herself.” —Chloe Benjamin, bestselling author of The Immortalists


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