“Electric. A wildly astute plunge into the depths of love, rivalry, betrayal and the power of women.”
– Bill Clegg
“A delicious final revelation… adds poignancy to Bernardini’s portrayal of these women’s reckoning with love and loss. This engrossing outing will impress and surprise readers.”
– Publishers Weekly
"The Portrait is a meditative, illuminating novel that pushes the boundaries of love and art."
– Foreword, Starred Review
"As Isla and Valeria grow close, secrets begin to bubble to the surface in this electrifying new novel."
“A stunning pas de deux that is enchanting, thrilling and incredibly moving.”
– Marie Claire Italia
“A gripping story of love, death, art and deceit, which is also strange, beautiful and deeply original. The Portrait is unlike anything else I've read.”
– Sofka Zinovieff, author of Putney
“A nuanced exploration of love, grief, deceit and secrets. An affecting story that brings to mind Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels.”
“A fascinating, seductive novel, full of nuance.”
– Grazia Italia
“With a beautiful voice in which the richness of perspective doesn't confuse or disturb the ruthless, sharp, linearity of the narration, in The Portrait, Ilaria Bernardini mostly speaks about braveness . . . The light of The Portrait is perfectly dim at the beginning and slowly, page after page, becomes bright and illuminates powerfully, to the point of blinding us. Ilaria Bernardini constantly tunes that light with wisdom but without giving any consolation. When a narration is that of real literature, it makes it impossible for us to wear glasses behind which to hide.”
– Malcom Pagani, Vanity Fair Italia
“Dizzying, astonishing, touching, and stunning.”
– Elle Italia
"Bernardini's prose is wistful and gentle, with atmospheric descriptions of place . . . The intensity of feeling pulses through the rooms . . . You close Bernardini's work with a quiet reverence."
– The Lady