Books The American Painter Emma Dial by Samantha Peale Hardcover, 330 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $24.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe American Painter Emma DialAuthorSamantha Peale Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Serving a famous New York artist as the actual painter of his ideas, brilliant assistant Emma Dial engages in a passionate affair with the artist but finds herself worn down by his schizophrenic affection and guilt over her own neglected work. Genres: Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The American Painter Emma Dial The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Adventures In The Art World: 'American Painter' July 15, 2009 Assistant to a celebrity painter, whom she also sleeps with, Emma has stopped making her own art. Written by Jeff Koons' former assistant, The American Painter Emma Dial is a riveting inquiry into the creative impulse and a knowing portrait of the art world.