Artwork in the Novel
Compulsively readable, This Is How It Begins is a novel about free speech, the limits of tolerance, and the bitter consequences of long-buried secrets.
Artwork and Places in the Novel
Much of the artwork mentioned in the novel is real (although "Alexander Roslan's most famous painting—Prelude, 1939—" is a work of fiction). Enjoy these images!
“Joan Dempsey’s debut novel explores the limits of empathy and the unpredictability of violence. Thoughtful people who reach opposing conclusions are at the all-too-human center of This Is How It Begins, a prescient road map for our times.”
—Mary Rechner, author of Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women
Available October 2017
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