Despite its release this past spring, Northbrook native Lisa Barr’s novel Fugitive Colors (GIRLilla Warfare Press) is the perfect novel for early fall. Denser than your usual relaxing summer read, the suspense and thrill make this a quick, can’t-put-it-down book—and establish Barr, a journalist for more than 20 years, as a bona fide novelist.
The story follows Julian Klein, a young man from Chicago who rebels against his religious background and moves to Paris to paint in the early 1930s. Ultimately, Julian and his best friend Rene try to save the Modern Art movement—which was being snubbed out during World War II—and later, attempt revenge on those who tried to rid the world of modern art.
Pre-publishing, Fugitive Colors won the award for Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Hollywood Film Festival; following the award, Barr went on to self-publish the book. With ties to Chicago and scenes set inside the Art Institute, it's an ideal read for artists, historians, and any Chicagoan. The book’s artful cover means it won’t look too shabby on your coffee table, either.