Lois Swann


The Painter
Inspired by a true story, The Painter plunges the reader into the life of an Italian artist, Lorenzo Frasca, who emigrates to America in the closing days of WWII. His skill, founded in Renaissance technique, sustains him through extraordinary service to his native country after Italy joins the Allies, his disastrous marriage to a madwoman, his care of her fragile daughter, grinding labor painting apartment hallways for survival, finding love and his Muse. Art itself steers him through incalculable loss and brings him to the patronage of a Spanish prince who challenges a mature Lorenzo to create his masterpiece. The story is narrated by the painter, himself, and a chance dinner companion, a free-lance curator, Luke Cosic.

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The Mists of Manittoo
Elizabeth Dowland's leap across cultures in 1746 to love and marry Wakwa, a red man and his tribe's spokesman, creates a mixed family which becomes a force in the American Revolution. The formidable challenge in reconciling Elizabeth’s family to the match reveals the times from which her independent spirit springs and prefigures the War for Independence.

Torn Covenants
Torn Covenants is the story of people in love caught up in the clash of two cultures. And it is an enthralling account told in human terms, of how America as we know it was born. The novel opens in 1748. The whirlwind of European politics tears at the fabric of the marriage of Elizabeth Dowland, her Native American husband, Wakwa, and his other wife, Qunneke. Attempts to secure Ellizabeth’s land to her half-red son reveal the workings of the common law and make precedent for an America to come. Betrayal on all sides leaves the red and white family vulnerable to forces it cannot immediately control.

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Contemporary Fiction
Lorenzo Frasca, an Italian painter, survives the perils of immigration to America, a loveless marriage to a madwoman, grinding employment, a great love and great loss, his skill his only compass. A Spanish prince discovers Lorenzo and spurs him to achieve his masterpiece.
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The clashing worlds of Colonial whites and Native tribes merge into a marriage.
"If Ms. Swann ere to weave tapestries with silk instead of words, calling them beautiful would be damning by faint praise. It is a history book, a study of cultures, a raison d’etre for romantics, a love story, and a fine novel -- a fragile work with the delicate touch of a natural writer."
--Cleveland Press

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