Laurie Lico Albanese

Stolen Beauty

Press And Events

"Stolen Beauty is a work of art itself."—The Wall Street Journal


"Albanese artfully weaves Adele’s story with Maria’s harrowing life under the Nazis, and reflections on marriage and fidelity. But it’s hard to read Stolen Beauty without seeing ugly echoes in today’s headlines, with the clarion call of 'America first' and immigrants singled out as 'the problem.' Seven decades after World War II, have we learned nothing?"—USA TODAY


"The Surprising Connection Between Oprah and a $150 Million Art Masterpiece" — Some insight at TIME into the breaking news about Oprah Winfrey's surprise sale of a Gustav Klimt painting at the center of the book.


"If you haven’t heard of Gustav Klimt and the story of his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, buckle up. It’s a page turner, to say the least."—The Tig


"Painfully topical, reminding us in excruciating detail what happens when prejudice wins. ... [R]ead this fine novel, giving necessary nuance to gaze at this complicated piece of history."—


“Albanese has written a gripping historical novel that revolves around the lives of two extraordinary women who live in extraordinary times… The well-paced stories of both women, told in alternating chapters, are presented in clear, crisp language, beautifully described settings, and credible dialogue that moves each woman’s story forward, compelling readers to keep the pages turning, as do the historical elements of the novel…With all the elements of a good novel—love, sex, tense relationships, events spiraling out of control, family dynamics, personal conflict as well as war—coupled with real people and true history, this accessible novel of strong women, self-discovery, evolving social mores, artistic challenges, and a rapidly changing world makes for satisfying reading, whether one’s interest is primarily women, history, art, or life in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in the time of Freud and free love.” —New York Journal of Books


See what's on my nightstand table in "Reading with... Laurie Lico Albanese" at Shelf Awareness.


“Compelling. Complex yet utterly readable. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Tracy Chevalier, and those who enjoyed the film ‘Woman in Gold’ starring Helen Mirren won't be able to put it down.”—Library Journal (starred review)


“Readers will be swept away by the depth of feeling and sensuous writing; whether depicting the salons of Vienna or its slums, the ballroom dances of debutantes or the takeover of a textile factory by German troops, Klimt fervently sketching, or the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee house, Albanese’s prose brings the people and the times to life. This novel is a bonanza of information about art history, philosophy, feminism, war, and love.”—Historical Novel Society, Editor's Pick


"Incredibly delicious to read..Stolen Beauty uniquely delivers intelligent plot, literary substance, and emotional impact...colors and enhances the true drama of the life of Adele Bloch-Bauer, known to the world as the Lady in Gold."—Jewish Book Council


“Impeccably researched.”—The Jewish Voice


“Powerful, dynamic storytelling.”—RT Magazine


Stolen Beauty is featured in the February 2017 issue of Cosmo Magazine.

Stolen Beauty has been chosen by Canadian librarians as one of LoanStar’s Top 10 Picks for February 2017.


 “Fans of romantic suspense with an art historical bent will appreciate the vigor of Albanese’s reimagining of the family saga behind the masterpiece long regarded as Vienna’s Mona Lisa.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Albanese’s novel will appeal to readers interested in such themes as love, self-discovery, and women’s empowerment and to fans of the historical, art-based fiction of Susan Vreeland and Tracy Chevalier.” —Booklist

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1—2:30pm: One Book, One Community talk, reading and signing with three public libraries  (Vernon Hills High School Auditorium, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Book talk and reading at the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties in partnership with Ft. Myers Alliance for the Arts Council (9701 Commerce Center Ct., Fort Myers, FL / 239-481-4449)


Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11:45am—2pm: Jumpstart Luncheon (with Judy Batalion, Jenny Rosenstratch, Helen Simonson, moderated by CBS News Correspondent Reena Ninan) (21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, New York / (212) 582-7200)


Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7pm: Book talk and signing at the South Huntington Jewish Community Center (2600 New York Avenue, Melville, NY / 516-484-1545). Tickets available here.


Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:30—9:30pm: Reading (with Julie Buntin, Victoria Redel, and Laura Spence-Ash) at the Halfway There Reading Series at Red Eye Cafe (94 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ / 973-509-FOOD)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30pm: Reading and signing at Letterpress Books (91 Auburn Street, Portland, ME / (207) 747-4232)


Saturday, June 10, 2017, 1-2pm: In conversation with art historian Laura Morowitz (co-author of The Miracles of Prato) at the Maplewood South Orange Book Festival


Friday, May 5, 2017, 5pm: Reading & Radio event at the Stewart Gallery (2518 W Main St, Richmond, VA / (804) 355-2518)


Saturday, April 1, 2017, noon: Reading and talk at the Montclair Literary Festival


Friday, March 27, 2017: Roundtable discussion at the Klimt Experience (Santo Stefano Al Ponte, Piazza di Santo Stefano, Florence, Italy / +39 055 217418)


Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7pm: Reading and signing at Newtonville Books (10 Langley Rd, Newton, MA / 617-244-6619


Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5pm: Q&A (with author Marina Budhos) at [words] Bookstore (179 Maplewood Avenue  Maplewood, NJ / 973-763-9500)


Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9am: Reading with Robin and The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. A breakfast with the author at Temple Beth-El, Providence, RI


Tuesday, February 21, 7pm: Reading (with Rob Spillman, Abby Fabiaschi, Anne Pitoniak, Eric Bennett, and Kerry Egan) at the Point Street Reading Series at Point Street Dueling Pianos (3 Davol Square,  Providence, RI / 401-270-7828)


Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1-3pm: Reading and signing at Clinton Bookshop (12 Main St, Clinton, NJ / 908-735-8811)