Searching for a Place to Call Home: A Tale About the Power of Art, Diana Stelin

Through a poignant past/present narrative this heartfelt and inspiring coming of age novel explores a young woman’s integration of a work/life balance through art, and the effects of an artistic life on one’s psyche.

Isabella is a young émigré from the USSR who discovers her artistic talent as a way to cope with culture shock and escape from her traditional criticizing Jewish mother. Lost in America, Isabella searches for a true home all over the world for years. She lives in Paris and Rome, ventures out to Australia, returns to Russia in search for her tribe, all the while recording these new locales and her feelings about them with her brush. It is only after losing her passion under the strains of money, romance and indulgence that she realizes that her painting practice has always been her home base, that restorative space of solace, balance and peace.

When she finally rekindles her relationship with art, it helps her tackle her damaging relationships, caustic career and the demands of present-day motherhood. Can she redefine her many personas in a way that keeps her soul and art alive, even as she struggles to balance the imperative to create with the desire to sell? As a mother, will she be able to forgive her mother for taking her away from her life at its launch, and reconcile with this most important person in her life?

This is a book about escape, sacrifice and difficult choices. In our time of intense struggles to stay balanced, it’s a story that would empower any mother, career woman, immigrant to America or creative, an intimate narrative about a soul striving for balance in life, through art.

Searching for a Place to Call Home is an incredible book written by the talented author Diana Stelin and in her book, she takes her readers on a journey like no other. When I discovered and read the premise of Searching for a Place to Call Home, I knew it was a book I had to get lost in. The premise of a coming of age story following an emigrant artist on her travels fascinated me and when I started to read Searching for a Place to Call Home, it did not disappoint! It is by far a perfect read that belongs on every reader’s shelves. That is why I already have to recommend this incredible book, but! If you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this wonderful book!

Searching for a Place to Call Home: A Tale About the Power of Art is a beautiful, moving, unique coming of age novel that will take its readers on a journey like no other. In Searching for a Place to Call Home, the reader will be introduced to the protagonist of the novel, Isabella, a young woman who decides to leave her home of the USSR to emigrate to other countries. The reader will follow Isabella as she starts her new life and travels the world and lives in countries such as Australia, Italy, and France.

Along the way, Isabella will go on a transformative journey where she learns to balance her work life and her personal life with her love of art. The reader will get an inside look into what it means to be an artist and what toll it can take on a person and we witness this through the protagonist Isabella. What follows, however, is a beautiful story, highlighting the power of art and what solace it can bring to a person and this book lovers is the short premise of this sensational coming of age novel!

Searching for a Place to Call Home is a captivating book with a heartwarming story laced throughout that I will struggle to forget for a long time. As I read Searching for a Place to Call Home, I found myself turning the pages with haste as I was so invested in the overall story, but also the protagonist’s journey. This is because the author, Diana Stelin, managed to flawlessly make me invest in the story and the protagonist which shows us what an excellent writer she is, specifically at characterization!

Searching for a Place to Call Home is a remarkable, fascinating and addictive read that managed to entertain me for many hours on end thanks to the unique premise of the story as well as the excellent literature courtesy of Stelin. Diana Stelin is clearly an author who knows how to write engaging and heartfelt stories as this one is just that and so much more. As I read this book I went on a roller coaster of emotions and it made for a truly special reading experience, one that I won’t forget for a long time!

To conclude, Searching for a Place to Call Home is a sensational novel, with a captivating coming of age tale at the heart of it that I would recommend to all readers. It has everything I needed in a novel and more and that is why I have to award this book five stars! So be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

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