Life Drawing

An Indie Next Pick for August

A Summer Reading Choice of People Magazine, The BBC, Redbook, Readers Digest, Vogue, and more​

“Black is a writer of great wisdom, and illuminates, without undue emphasis, the flickering complexity of individual histories. . . . Life Drawing is at once quiet and memorable. This makes it far from fashionable, and all the more to be applauded. Its author pursues real and vital questions. Astringent and wise, Black is not afraid to discomfit her readers. This novel, like life, is uneasy: what a relief.”
—Claire Messud, The Guardian

“Full of emotional turmoil yet subtle in its effect, this elegant novel is sure to draw in both women’s-fiction and literary-fiction fans.”

“[S]uffused with a remarkably sustained emotional intensity. . . . Every intimate contour of the couple’s relationship is mapped by Black with devastating accuracy. Full of insight into the fragility of marriage, this is a memorable read.”
Sunday Times, (UK)

“. . .genuine self-reflectiveness. . . deep searching-out of truths about living, relationships, love, and lust. . . And then there’s the essential beauty (truth is beauty, beauty truth, after all) of the writing itself.”
–Psychology Today

“I’ve only heard great things about Robin Black’s new book from so many women writers I admire, and I can’t wait to read this one!”
—Jennifer Weiner, USA Today

“Black’s characters are three-dimensional, and her depiction of their relationships, particularly between the two women, is masterly . . . [Life Drawing is] irresistibly readable.”
Publishers Weekly

Life Drawing “might be the nearest thing to a perfect novel that I have ever read.”
The Bookseller, UK

“A beautifully written meditation on the delicate balance of intimacy and isolation within a long marriage.”
—Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

“A magnificent literary achievement…”
—Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

“A rare and exquisitely wrought portrait of two people equally devoted to their marriage and their art..”
—David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

“A wise, finely observed portrait of the workings of a marriage, as compelling as it is convincing. Life Drawing is intelligent, clear-eyed storytelling, exploring love and jealousy and the mistakes we make in their name.”
—M. L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans 

Life Drawing is a beautiful heart-breaker: it draws you in, thrills you, obsesses you, and finally devastates you. Robin Black has given us death, art and the shifting sands of a marriage, all wrapped up in subtle, exquisite prose. Honestly, what more could you ask for?”
—Liza Klaussman, author of Tigers in Red Weather

“From the very first pages of Life Drawing, it’s clear you are in the hands of a master. Robin Black’s exquisite storytelling will take you on a journey deep inside the human heart. I was riveted while reading this book, and reeling from its power for days afterwards. An absolute triumph of a novel.”
Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter