Maude Pratt is a legend, a photographer famous for her cutting-edge techniques and her uncanny ability to strip away the masks of the world’s most recognizable celebrities and luminaries. Now in her 70s, Maude has been in the public eye since the 1920s and her unparalleled portfolio includes intimate portraits of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Picasso. While Maude possesses a singular capability to expose the inner lives of her subjects, she is obsessive about protecting her own, hiding her deepest secret away in the “picture palace” of her memory. But when a young archivist comes to stay in Maude’s Cape Cod home and begins sorting through her fifty years of work, Maude is forced to come face to face with her past and come to terms, at last, with the tragedies she’s buried away.
A visionary photographer looks back on her life working with real-life luminaries, among them Hemingway, Picasso, Patton, and Frost, in a psychologically intense novel from a best-selling author.