reading from and discussing her debut novel
31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction
Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive painting, never expecting to find herself swept into a passionate affair. Nor did she imagine her lover to be a married instructor with a long history of indiscretions. Even at a young age, Marcia knew how to protect her heart. But it had never been taken by a man as overwhelming and sensual as Bill Thomson.
Gloster’s story gives the reader a window into Oskar Kokoschka’s famous, and infamous, school, and paints an intimate portrait of the artists with whom she shared the seductive Salzburg nights. Only twenty years after WW II, she observes the tensions and mysteries of an era in flux. Above all, Gloster exposes the naïve curiosity of an art student willing to take chances and discover a new world of love and sexuality.
31 DAYS is the story of Marcia and Bill in Salzburg. 31 days that would redefine love, sex, passion, and permanence for a woman of twenty; and a month that would resonate in her life forever.