"Elegant and absorbing! In the chaotic aftermath of a world war, the beautiful Julia's globe-trotting quest to rebuild her life and capture enduring love brings a stunning surprise. Robert MacNeil's depth of wisdom shines through." (Lloyd Robertson, CTV News)
"MacNeil skilfully blends tension by switching the narrative between Julia's present and recent past, to reveal, slowly and tantalizingly, why she ran from Neville and what she plans to do next. . . . Portrait of Julia is an insightful look at a fascinating period in Halifax's history." (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 2013-11-22)
"Julia possesses the sensitivities, if not the talent, of an artist, and embodies her own time in history... MacNeil creates a period that, in diction and nuance, evokes the world before and following the First World War, with a story that reaches from Halifax to the French Riviera." (Atlantic Books Today 2013-11-01)
"an excellent book." (Charlottetown Guardian 2014-02-08)
About the Author
Born in Montreal, Robert MacNeil grew up in Halifax, attended Dalhousie University and graduated from Carleton in Ottawa. After early work as a CBC announcer, he was a journalist for forty years with Reuters News Agency, NBC News and the BBC, culminating in twenty years as Executive Editor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. His bestselling novel, Burden of Desire, won rave reviews in Canada and the U.S. He is also the author of two other novels, The Voyage and Breaking News; three memoirs, The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck, and Looking For My Country; and co-author of The Story of English and its sequel, Do You Speak American? He divides his time between New York and Nova Scotia.