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Lesson in Red

A Novel

List Price: $27.00

ON SALE: June 1, 2021 | Hardcover | ISBN 9781640094314

The companion to her previous novel Still Lives–a Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine selection–this fast-paced thriller set in the cutthroat world of high art reveals the fatal mistakes that can befall those who threaten its status quo.

Brenae Brasil is a rising star at Los Angeles Art College, the most prestigious art school in the country, and a pupil of the institution’s equally famous and influential director, Hal Giroux. Her path to art world celebrity is all but assured. Until she is found shot in the head just after completing a provocative documentary about female bodies, violence, and self-defense. Was it suicide? Or something worse?

Maggie Richter’s return to Los Angeles and her old job at the Rocque Museum was supposed to be about restarting her career, reconnecting with old friends, and maybe starting to date again. But picking up where she left off isn’t in the cards. Not only is the museum fighting to survive as a competing entity seeks to start a new museum in the downtown area, but owner Janis Rocque is fighting too–facing an illness that only Maggie and a few others know about.

With mounting pressure to keep the museum open, the last thing she needs is to find herself at the center of another art world mystery. But when she uncovers a number of cryptic clues in Brasil’s video art, Maggie is suddenly caught up in the shadowy art world of Los Angeles, playing a very dangerous game with some very influential people.

About Maria Hummel

MARIA HUMMEL is the author of Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year; House and Fire; and Wilderness Run. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize, Narrative, The Sun, and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. She worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for many years. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Vermont, and lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.

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