JULY 2020 RELEASE
"L’Origine got me hooked - what a story! Milgrom brings the reader right along with her on her adventures as the copyist of one of the most well-known paintings in all of France and maybe even the world. It's not one more of these books about people coming to France and fixing up an old farmhouse.... "
HARRIET WELTY ROCHEFORT
Author of "French Fried, "French Toast", and "Joie de Vivre"
“L'Origine is immediately engaging and an amazingly fresh story about such a famous painting."
Founder, Dartfrog Books
Lilianne Milgrom has produced a vivid and well-told novel that tells the story of one of the more notorious paintings in the history of art. Immaculately researched and full of verve, the book is a real achievement, one which I read it with fascination and admiration.
Milgrom's story of Courbet's masterpiece is prefaced with a tale of her own: how she spent several weeks in the Musee D'Orsay making a painted copy of Courbet's original L'Origine du monde painting, under the curious and sometimes lascivious eye of other museum goers.
CHRISTOPHER P. JONES
Art historian and author, UK
"Throughout history, female sexuality has been regarded as ugly, repulsive, and shameful while simultaneously revered to the point of idolization. Lilianne Milgrom's intimate experience with Gustave Courbet's scandalous painting gives testament to the classic divide of women's cultural representation.”
DR. BELLA ELWOOD-CLAYTON
Sexual anthropologist, author and TED talk presenter.