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A Possible Life by Simone Chaput

A Possible Life

As Daniel works on a novel about the Renaissance painter Masaccio, in the spendour of the Italian country side, he finds himself drawn back to life, and to Magda.

Daniel Clevenger has a successful career as a professor and writer in Winnipeg. But his two university-aged sons are growing up and Daniel is still haunted by memories of his late wife. Then he meets Magda, an attractive, recently-divorced art historian, a specialist in the Italian Renaissance.

Magda encourages Daniel to join her for an academic conference in Tuscany. Daniel ignores Magda's chattering colleagues to immerse himself in the beauty, history, and sunshine of northern Italy.

Daniel becomes intrigued by the life of Masaccio, the Renaissance master who revolutionized painting with his depictions of emotion and use of light. He speculates on Masaccio's life, his art and loves, and his mysterious death.


Chaput's Style lends itself to being read aloud, lingering over the images it evokes, glass of wine in hand.

Winnipeg Free Press

Small miracles of understanding, acceptance, and hope . . . . Readers should not hesitate to choose the road to Santiago; it's a trip worth taking.

Pririe Fire Review of Books

Short-listed for the 2008 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

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