Life Class


Nerina, a young woman living in Venice after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, is looking for a way to move to America. Her charm and grace bring her to the attention of Helena, a woman who seeks out “individuals with useful skills” for her contacts in the international art community.

Nerina successfully adapts to the social and professional expectations of working with creative people. In fact, she is so successful that her greatest challenge lies not in achieving her dream, but in keeping pace with the shifting nature of her ambitions — a journey that takes her from Italy to New York, and finally Montreal.

Ann Charney’s Life Class is an unusual diaspora novel, casting its protagonist not as a leaf scattered by wind, but as a brave explorer following her ambitions.

by Ann Charney 

ISBN 9781770862968 | 5.125" x 7.625" | TPB with French Flaps | $21.95

Categories:Fiction - Literary

"Charney writes in spare, tight prose, setting a brisk pace for a lively plot line and the introduction of intriguing characters."

The Montreal Gazette