"It’s a new thing for me when an inanimate object is one of the narrators in a story. Annie McDee is a chef who is trying the rebuild her life and her career after being dumped by her lover and business partner. She takes a job cooking for the household of wealthy art dealers who rarely eat anything more interesting than steamed fish. She buys a painting in a junk shop for her new boyfriend. When he stands her up for his birthday dinner, she keeps the painting, which has its own story to tell. The Impossibility of Love is a joyful romp through the world of high-end art dealing, obsessive collectors, and family secrets."— Sharon Nagel
November 2015 Indie Next List
“A girl, a painting, and a cast of delightfully quirky characters are at the heart of Rothschild's debut. At the intersection of London's art auction houses and the pursuit of a dream, Annie navigates her way through the city's wealthy and aspiring elite as she juggles her mother's eccentricities with her own quest to become a chef. Funny, smart, and satisfyingly clever, The Improbability of Love will warm your heart and give you pause the next time you admire that old painting hanging, so innocently, on the wall.”
— Lisa Baudoin, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize
Annie McDee, thirty-one, lives in a shabby London flat, works as a chef, and is struggling to get by. Reeling from a sudden breakup, she's taken on an unsuitable new lover and finds herself rummaging through a secondhand shop to buy him a birthday gift. A dusty, anonymous old painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the artwork, Annie prepares an exquisite birthday dinner for two--only to be stood up.
The painting becomes hers, and Annie begins to suspect that it may be more valuable than she'd thought. Soon she finds herself pursued by parties who would do anything to possess her picture: an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, an unscrupulous art dealer. In her search for the painting's identity, Annie will unwittingly discover some of the darkest secrets of European history--and the possibility of falling in love again.
About the Author
Hannah Rothschild is the author of The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild. She is also a film director whose documentaries have appeared at such festivals as Telluride and Tribeca. She has written for British Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Independent, and The Spectator, and is vice president of the Hay Literary Festival, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, and the first woman chair of the National Gallery in London. www.hannahrothschild.com