Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Sidewalk Artist

The Sidewalk Artist

A Novel

Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk

Thomas Dunne Books




"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do."
--Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover.

Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter?

Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.


Chapter One

This story begins with the rain

What truly moves Tulia is not the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral or any of the wonderful sights. It is the little things. A windowsill with a pot of geraniums and a glimpse...


Praise for The Sidewalk Artist

The Sidewalk Artist is an inventive tale, beautifully and skillfully told. It is a story that swiftly sweeps the reader up into two intricate and compelling worlds, and does not let go until the very last word. This is a very special book.” —Diane Haeger, author of The Ruby Ring

“An enchanting story of love and art, bringing to life the passion that inspires both.” —James McKean, author of Quattrocento

“A beautifully written book with a magical love story.” —Roberta Gellis, author of Lecrezia Borgia and the Mother of All Poisons

“A deliciously dreamlike tale of modern love and Renaissance romance” —Jeanne Kalogridis, author of The Borgia Bride

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About the author

Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk

GINA BUONAGURO was born in New Jersey and now resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. JANICE KIRK was born and lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Sidewalk Artist is their first novel.

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