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Book Talk:
Penelope Curtis After Nora

Hear Penelope Curtis read from her debut novel After Nora, then join her conversation with Fruitmarket Bookshop manager Allison Everett

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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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29.05.24. 6.30–8pm. Free. Click here to book

In the words of Xiaolu Guo, After Nora by Penelope Curtis ‘is a fascinating European novel in the best sense.’ Spanning three generations and two continents, this literary fiction debut inspired by the life of the author’s grandmother, Nora, a struggling artist, seamlessly weaves art history, fiction, and biography. In the second part of the book, Penelope Curtis coolly recounts her emotional meeting with renowned scientist Maria de Sousa, whose life stood in oblique relation to hers.

Tucking brilliant observations on art and what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be an artist into twinned narratives about women attempting to carve space out for themselves within their chosen worlds, After Nora is an accomplished debut which absolutely hums with life.
Kyra Wilder


After Nora is Les Fugitives’ third publication of an English-language original, further to Lauren Elkin’s No. 91/92: notes on a Parisian commute (2021), and Erica Van Horn’s We Still Have the Telephone (2022).

Penelope Curtis grew up in Glasgow. Over the course of a distinguished career in the arts, she has directed the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, Tate Britain in London, and, most recently, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Her most recent books include The Pliable Plane and Scale: Sculpture 1945-2000.


After Nora is a Les Fugitives’ title

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