The dormer room had been Veronique’s when the family first came to San Francisco, although it had been redecorated many times over the years. In a place of pride was a famous Rochambeau portrait of Clarice’s maternal grandmother, done in Fauvist style. Claire Rochambeau had been the artist’s model and muse, and Clarice had always been curious about this glamorous grandmother whom she had never met.
Mommy called the Rochambeau paintings the family legacy. Their occasional sale had helped keep the family afloat during the Great Depression and through the war years, although there was also money from a mysterious grandfather. Mommy’s father, who died when she was just a little girl, had made careful investments abroad that still brought an income all of these years later.
Clarice sometimes tried to imagine what life had been like for Claire, the grandmother for whom she was named. She often wished that Claire were here to talk with; somehow it would have been easier to talk with an artist’s model about the crush she had on Jimmy Aaron, her classmate — and how much she wished he would ask her to a dance or even give her his fraternity pin. He was the captain of the football team: the Big Man on Campus. Every girl wanted Jimmy Aaron’s pin. Or maybe even about Billy Wakefield, the boy at the stables where Clarice took riding lessons in Golden Gate Park. She couldn’t imagine talking about Jimmy or Billy with Mommy, but she could talk to Claire’s portrait and almost imagine the responses. Claire’s face was serene under the cloud of astonishingly blue hair; Gilbert Rochambeau was one of the earliest Fauvists, and this little canvas was said to be the first of many studies he completed with Grand-mère.
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San Francisco, 1948
When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes.”
There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know?
Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to In The Eye of The Beholder.
In The Eye of The Storm is the 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Fan Fiction in the Global eBook Awards.
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