Sunday, February 16, 2014

BOOKPAGE: "Cowell presents a vivid portrait of Monet’s remarkable career."

SUSAN VREELAND: "Read it with a book of Monet's paintings by your side, and be prepared to marvel, and to weep."

BOOKLIST: “Cowell mines the tempestuous relationship of Monet and his romantic and artistic inspiration with a nimble and discerning command as she indelibly evokes the lush demimonde of nineteenth-century Paris.”

Recommended by PEOPLE MAGAZINE.

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New novel aboout Degas and Mary Cassatt

A new novel has just been been published about Mary Cassatt and Degas to terrific reviews. Travel back to Paris in the days of the Impressionists! The author is the much acclaimed Robin Oliveira and the publisher is Viking Penguin.

STORY: The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Her father is imploring her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

Robin's website to buy the novel!