Sirens & Muses


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Ballantine Books
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5.29 X 8.04 X 0.79 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Antonia Angress was born in Los Angeles and raised in San José, Costa Rica. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Minnesota MFA program, where she was a Winifred Fiction Fellow and a College of Liberal Arts Fellow. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, the artist Connor McManus. Sirens & Muses is her first novel.


"The characters in Sirens & Muses wake up each day and choose chaos. . . . Angress's strength is her ability to create an engrossing plot, allowing readers to watch as her messy characters navigate their way to the finish line."--The New York Times Book Review

"[H]olds the reader's attention like a gallery so compelling that a visitor is torn between staring at one work and rushing on to the next room."--Glamour

"Convincing and moving . . . Angress' portrayal of the intersection--or disconnect--of art, politics, idealism, and practicality within the web of familial, romantic, and professional relationships is painterly, in the best sense of the word."--Minneapolis StarTribune

"Angress so deftly portrays the splendor and squalor of trying to create something great in the face of rampant capitalism, of love and lust in the face of tooth-and-claw competition."--Electric Lit

"Sexy and smart . . . confident and captivating . . . propulsive and immersive . . . structurally ambitious and wonderfully crafted."--Autostraddle

"Antonia Angress is so talented, and her depiction of young artists--with their egos and inspirations and ambitions--is unforgettably impressive. Read. This. Book."--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

"Brilliant . . . This narrative is intricate, moving, and often funny, and its scenes are beautifully crafted. . . . A wonderful book."--Charles Baxter, author of The Sun Collective

"Sirens & Muses features characters as flawed as they are talented--full of desire, ambition, and aching regret. Their journeys engrossed me till the very last page."--Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

"Powerful, elegant, and mesmerizing . . . a writer to watch."--Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of The Revisioners

"Sirens & Muses captivated me with its well-drawn, complex characters and vivid descriptions and settings . . . a gorgeously rich and thoughtful novel."--Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake and Unlikely Animals

"With wit, tenderness, and insight, Sirens & Muses explores why art matters, who gets to make it, and what it's worth . . . is stunning in its detail and inventiveness."--V. V. Ganeshananthan, author of Love Marriage

"A page-turning, sexy, witty dive into making art and the art world and just how great the chasm is that lies in-between."--Joanna Hershon, author of St. Ivo

"A brilliant study of art, politics, male dominance, female passion, and the commercialized art world in the early 2010s . . . A highly recommended novel of art and heart."--Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] winning debut . . . Angress nimbly embodies each of her characters, allowing her exceptional storytelling abilities to shine. . . . [Sirens & Muses] is a standout."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)