Title: Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel
Author: Mira Tudor
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Release Date: August 4, 2017
PAL is a bittersweet story of love and friendship, set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians. For fans of David Nicholls’s One Day.
Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to a more meaningful life through studying psychology and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.
This is a story about a group of friends/artists who are finding a way to be happy/express themselves through art.
I was fascinated by the diversity of the artists in this book as each character has their own specialization. Henriette and Pamfil are the MCs of the story but I would have to say that Alice is my fave character (as I think that she’s the most sensible!).
While this may have been an enjoyable read, I’ve had a few issues with it because of the cheating and fatphobia that are present in this book.
Overall, this was still a fun and interesting read. Thanks to the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Oftentimes we talk about ourselves mindlessly, and we hurt other people.”
“And you have to realize,” Anca went on, looking up from her latte, “that you can’t live in futures that, for one reason or another, didn’t pan out.”
“We’re complex creatures, Maria. Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s only one thing in this world for you. Be creative with your life. Learn many skills. Don’t ever get complacent or lazy. You never know what life may throw at you, and you have to be prepared.”
Soundtrack: Never Really Over by Katy Perry
About the Author:
Mira Tudor is a Romanian poet and writer with an academic background in literature, studio art, art history, and sociology from both Romanian and American institutions. Her poetry and flash fiction have appeared in Romanian literary magazines and newspapers, American art exhibitions, and elsewhere. In recent years she has felt compelled to start writing short stories and novels so as to better express ideas which need at least several individualities to begin to unfold. That said, she allows her characters to grow stronger than their ideas—they become conflicted, as most of us are, about what they think and feel. Poets, Artists, Lovers is her first novel.