a new novel by Gemma Whelan

PAINTING

THROUGH THE

DARK

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“… a tender, dramatic portrait of a young woman from an Irish convent, driven to explore the world—and her past—through the power of art.”

—Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder

“…writes with courage and precision…the damage incurred by sexual abuse, the burden of broken dreams, bravery, betrayal, the claustrophobia of conventional expectations, and most prominently, the darkness in men’s hearts.”

—Mark James Montgomery, The Lightning Field

“…a multi-layered novel that encompasses a rich tapestry of themes from first love and sex to a nation and church reeking of abuse.”

—Ellen Kesend, author and screenwriter