Update: The three novellas that make up The Women Friends are not currently available to buy, but they will be back.
On this page, you can find the blurb and excerpts from reviews of the novellas: The Women Friends, as well as links to relevant posts and articles.
The Women Friends is a series of novellas written by Emma Rose Millar and Miriam Drori, and based on the painting of the same name by Gustav Klimt. The first in the series, The Women Friends: Selina, was published by Crooked Cat on 1st December, 2016 and is available from Amazon.
This page lists links to posts and articles describing the historical and geographical settings of the novellas, as well as providing information about Klimt and his paintings. It continues to be updated regularly.
- Gustav Klimt – the Artist and His Models by Emma Rose Millar
- In Viennese painting of the early 20th Century, you get a sense of horrors to come, Independent, 14 November, 2013
Viennese Coffee House Culture by Emma Rose Millar
- Klimt and the Interpretation of Dreams by Emma Rose Millar
- The Woman Behind Klimt’s Dresses: Emilie Louise Flöge by Emma Rose Millar
- How the Victorian Corset Became a Thing of the Past by Emma Rose Millar
- Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer by Miriam Drori
- Gustav Klimt and the Japanese Rinpa Tradition by Emma Rose Millar
- Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: Master and Prodigy by Emma Rose Millar
- Klimt and Judith I by Miriam Drori
- Klimt and Judith II by Miriam Drori
- The Seven Years’ Cake War by Emma Rose Millar
- Gustav Klimt and the Ravenna Mosaics by Emma Rose Millar
- Porajmos: The Romani Holocaust by Emma Rose Millar
- Adam and Eve: The First Love Story by Emma Rose Millar
- Klimt’s Forests and Gardens by Emma Rose Millar
- Gustav Klimt: Death and Life by Emma Rose Millar
- The Women Friends by Emma Rose Millar
- Vienna Christmas Market by Emma Rose Millar
- Behind Every Exquisite Thing… by Emma Rose Millar
The Women Friends: Selina
Who is the young woman with the haunting gaze in Gustav Klimt’s 1917 masterpiece, The Women Friends?
Selina Brunner is running from the demons of her past, cut off from her family in a sleepy Tyrolean village, and lost in the soulless city of Vienna, where everything – even one’s very existence – is a lie.
When, amidst growing fear of sinister developments in Vienna, an exotic stranger comes to town, Selina finds old passions reignited and her whole world turned upside down.
The Women Friends: Selina is the first of several fictional tales about the women who inspired this great artist.
A Reading from The Women Friends: Selina
Excerpts from Reviews of The Women Friends: Selina
If Selina is fictional, then the authors never let us realize that, instead they breathe such life into her, we must conclude that she is real.
…she [Selina] notes that: “Broken glass lay glinting in the Viennese sunshine and dogs scavenged for food,” and she asks, “how had this city of opera and Sachertorte slipped so swiftly into barbarism?”
Throughout the telling of Selina’s story, Klimt’s influence on the authors is clear, as Klimt painted with color, so Millar and Drori paint with words.
We can all too easily forget that it did seemingly happen “overnight” because these were emotions and opinions and feelings that had been brewing in the citizens minds well before Hitler came to power, before he stepped foot into Austria. He came to power because people were already agreeing with him about everything, including the final solution.
…while this story is fictitious, the heart of it rings true from page to page.
I highly recommend this book. I love, love loved it!!! I was sad that it had to end.
This captivating novella, told from the point of view of a young Austrian seamstress who becomes one of Gustav Klimt’s models, paints a vivid picture of life in Vienna during the inter-war years. The characters are well-drawn and believable, and the storyline demonstrates how quickly the lives of ordinary people can be transformed in the wake of political upheaval. Ms Millar and Ms Drori are both very talented authors in their own right, and their combined skills have produced a masterpiece.
Wonderful story set around the time of the 2nd World War, Incredibly descriptive and shocking depicting the reality of the antisemitism that was prevalent against the Jewish population.