The Sitter

Angela O’Keeffe

A highly original work narrated by Hortense Cezanne, the wife of the celebrated artist, as she witnesses an author in 2020 write a book about her life. The Sitter explores the tension between artist and subject, and between the stories told about us and the stories we choose to tell.

The Sitter is a spellbinding work that will challenge readers to let go of their preconceptions of what fiction should be, give in to the undertow, and be carried away. ... It is an elegant mosaic that interrogates power, female relationships, and the purpose of art.’

- Books + Publishing

‘A powerful interrogation of the nature of female relationships with each other as well as with as the men in their lives ... The Sitter is clever and sharp-eyed while also being exquisitely painful, funny and regretful. It truly is a gem of a novel.’

- Meredith Jaffé

‘Exquisite storytelling.’

- Australian Women's Weekly


Angela O'Keeffe

Angela O’Keeffe grew up with nine siblings on a farm in the Lockyer Valley. Her first novel, Night Blue, was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and a Prime Minister’s Literary Award. She was awarded the 2023 Varuna Eleanor Dark Fellowship.

University of Queensland Press (UQP)

For 70 years UQP has been at the forefront of innovative publishing. It has launched the careers of many great novelists, published contemporary poets, been a pioneering force in children’s and young adult publishing and has set the benchmark for award-winning scholarly and Black Australian writing.

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