Tuesday, February 8, 2022

L'Origine by Lilianne Milgrom - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join Us for This Tour from February 1 to February 21!

Book Details:

Book Title L'Origine: The secret life of the world's most erotic masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 255 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction
Publisher:  Girl Friday Books - a new imprint from Girl Friday Productions
Release Date: 2020 first edition. October 2021 re-released by Girl Friday Books
Content Rating:  R. My book does not have bad language and only one descriptive sex scene, but the protagonist is a painting whose explicit depiction of a woman's lower torso and genitals has made it a controversial work of art for over a century and a half.


Book Description:

The riveting odyssey of one of the world's most scandalous works of art.

In 1866, maverick French artist Gustave Courbet painted one of the most iconic images in the history of art: a sexually explicit portrait of a woman's exposed genitals. Audaciously titled L'Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), the scandalous painting was kept hidden for a century and a half. Today, it hangs in the world-renowned Orsay Museum in Paris, viewed by millions of visitors a year.

As the first artist authorized by the Orsay Museum to re-create Courbet's The Origin of the World, author Lilianne Milgrom was thrust into the painting's intimate orbit, spending six weeks replicating every fold, crevice, and pubic hair. The experience inspired her to share her story and the painting's titillating, clandestine history. L'Origine is a tale of survival, replete with French revolutionaries, Turkish pashas and nefarious Nazi captains. Hold onto your berets for a riveting ride through history. 
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Guest Post

The long and the short of it

Lilianne Milgrom

 Are you partial to weighty sagas or do you prefer a quick-paced read? I’m not a huge fan of books that are so thick they can be used as doorstops but I blame my own attention span, not the authors. So when I embarked on my award-winning novel, L’Origine, about a scandalous 19th century painting whose extraordinary adventures span a hundred and fifty years, it was a challenge to frame the narrative without losing the reader along the way.

 After several false starts, I realized that the best way to tell the painting’s story was through the eyes of its eccentric collectors, skipping periods of time that were not relevant to the plot.

 In the first chapter we meet Gustave Courbet, the artist responsible for painting L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), the infamous painting at the heart of my novel. Courbet, a cocky, rebellious, and charismatic painter (think Johnny Depp) arrives in Paris in the late 1850’s and, against all odds, takes Paris by storm. He paints The Origin of the World as a private commission for a worldly Ottoman diplomat with a decided fondness for paintings of unclad women. After losing his fortune in a spectacular way, the Ottoman must find a way to dispose of his naughty little painting.

 Fast forward several decades and we find the painting languishing in a dusty antique store in Paris. It is acquired by an eccentric physicist whose barrel-chested widow palms it off to a famous gallerist, who in turn sells it to a Hungarian baron. You get the picture. As the painting continues on its harrowing journey, it survives two world wars before passing on to its final collector, the famous psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan. In the mid 1990’s the painting finally finds a permanent home at the Orsay Museum in Paris. With all these fabulous characters, a hundred and fifty years passes in a blink of an eye!


Meet the Author:

Paris-born Lilianne Milgrom is an internationally acclaimed artist and award-winning author residing in Washington DC. In 2011, she became the first authorized copyist of Gustave Courbet’s controversial painting L’Origine du Monde, which hangs in the Orsay Museum in Paris. Milgrom spent a decade researching and writing L’Origine: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece. Her debut novel has been awarded six literary honors including the Publisher’s Weekly 2021 US Selfies Book Award for Best Adult Fiction.

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Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 - Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 7 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 9 – Kam's Place – book spotlight
Feb 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 14 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Feb 15 – Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 21 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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L'Origine Book Tour Giveaway



1 comment:

  1. Delighted to see my award-winning historical fiction 'L'Origine' on tour with Jazzy Book Reviews. It has something for every reader: scandal, history, mystery, fascinating characters and an international backdrop!


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