The Art of Traveling Strangers

I’m excited to announce that my novel, The Art of Traveling Strangers, will be released early in 2022!

And here’s the amazing cover!

A novel for lovers of art and travelers at heart

What’s the story about?

It’s the 1980s, and art historian Claire Markham reels from a series of heartbreaking losses. Desperate to escape her shattered reality, she becomes an art guide in Europe for quirky stranger Viv Chancey and embarks on a life-changing journey through the art-filled cities of Milan, Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Rome, and Paris. 

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore by Palladio, High Renaissance, 1566-1610 Venice, Italy

Once abroad, Claire tries to hide her woes by focusing on Viv’s art education, but Viv—who is not what she seems—has a different learning experience in mind. Frustrated and wanting to reimagine her life, Claire embraces the idea of reality as illusion and magically slips into the tales of art history. 

When threatened with one more crushing loss, Claire must learn from the spirit of her eccentric companion and the wisdom of the artworks she loves to reinvent her life or lose the most precious thing in it. 

The Art of Traveling Strangers is a journey of self-discovery and personal empowerment inspired by the great art masterpieces of Italy and Paris. It’s a tale of female bonding and the amazing powers of perception.

After all, reality—like art—is just an illusion.

Want to learn more?

David by Donatello, 1435-40, Renaissance, Florence, Italy

I’ve created a companion guide for The Art of Traveling Strangers that includes images of all the art mentioned in the story. The artworks are listed in order of appearance and organized by chapters. Accompanying each image is an excerpt from the book where the work is first mentioned and a link (or two) to more information.

To get one of these guides, just email me at zoe@zoedisigny.com and say you would like a copy of “The Art in The Art of Traveling Strangers” Companion Guide. I will email the PDF back to you. Or you can fill out the form below.