Seeking a literary agent for my novel!


Hello! If you’re here, you’re likely interested in my novel. Whether or not you’re a literary agent, I want to THANK YOU for your support.

Title: THE PAINTER OF THE BARBARY COAST

Genre: Literary historical fiction

Word Count: 82,000

In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, an ambitious but aimless youth named Tom stumbles upon a haunting portrait by a mysterious painter who disappeared years ago. The painting, now the property of the charismatic industrialist Ambrose Shaw, lures Tom into uncovering the seemingly supernatural tale of the painter while drawing him deep into Shaw’s affluent social circle. Enchanted by the elites but inspired by the artist, Tom struggles as he inevitably becomes entwined in a story of love and betrayal, all while finding his place in society amid an eclectic coterie of characters—including the painter and subject themselves—as the ruined city fights to survive.

It’s a coming-of-age adventure, examining human relationships through the eyes of the diverse and eccentric citizens across the peculiar locales of historic San Francisco. 

I’m a writer and editor based in SF. I’ve covered travel, culture, and technology for various online publications and international companies, and I was formerly a music journalist with Performer Magazine.

For the synopsis and/or manuscript, please contact me via email.

Thank you!

Keane Li