Tuesday, June 29, 2021



It has been a very lovely journey since the debut of my novel CLAUDE AND CAMILLE about Monet when he was young and struggling to sell his first paintings and sustain himself, his impressionist friends, and the obsessive love of his life - his muse and then wife, Camille Doncieux. I am still doing book clubs talks, and the book is still selling well in translation in Italian and German. Many people have written to me and I am so happy that this novel had given them a deeper understanding of what a difficult time it was for the Impressionists. It is available on line and at many museum shops in the U.S. and in Europe. Amazon link: 
Amazon.com: Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet (9780307463227): Cowell, Stephanie: Books

Meanwhile a fascinating immersive exhibit called IMAGINE MONET will be coming to the United States, Canada, and Europe and  I hope to have more information soon. IMAGINE MONET — Arsenal Contemporary Art

My next book is about a young Edwardian painter in a tender love story between two men in England 1903 called  THE BOY IN THE RAIN. It will be published in 2023 by Regal Press.  It's going to be a wonderful adventure.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

It has been a few years since I posted here, but CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET keeps selling here and in translation, particularly Germany and Italy. April marked ten years since publication so I consider this quite wonderful and want to thank all of my readers.

I am delighted to say that I had finished a new novel about Monet's beloved stepdaughter Blanche, who was a respected artist herself and who stayed at his side in his old age so he could finish his great water lily paintings ... the Grandes Decorations.

I hope to have news of a publisher soon.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Diary of Berthe Morisot's Daughter has been republished!

I have long wanted to own and read the diary of Julie Manet, Berthe Morisot's only daughter (Berthe married Edouard Manet's brother), but it has been out of print and selling for a great deal of money. To my delight when I looked again, it had been republished. In my own life I grew up with artists in and out the door and thought nothing of it. She did the same. They went over to see their friend Monet in his garden at Giverny and Renoir who was almost an uncle was always around. So now a copy is mine. Available on Amazon and other places. Joy!

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.

published in English, German, Italian, Polish, Chinese and Portuguese

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!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Monet's CAMILLE IN A GREEN DRESS now at Met Museum

There's a current exhibition about Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Metropolitan Museum which features Monet's ORIGINAL PAINTING OF CAMILLE IN HER GREEN DRESS. I have never seen it in person as it is from Bremen. So do go see it if you can. The exhibition is open until May 27th, 2013.


Thanks so much for all the wonderful e-mails about my novel CLAUDE and CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Please do browse the seventy posts in this blog!

Please do browse some of the seventy lovingly researched mini-posts in this blog, each about different tiny parts of the lives of the impressionists including Renoir painting Richard Wagner, Berthe Morisot's last letter to her daughter, did Monet's second wife destroy his first wife's (Camille's) letters and diaries, the secret life of Monet's best friend Frederic Bazille, an auction of Renoir's personal papers including his wedding license. Your blog author has taken a break to finish her new novel but yes....there may be another novel about an impressionist in my future as well!

Claude Monet in his early twenties
It is now almost three years since CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET was first published. In translation, it has traveled to Italy, Germany, Poland, Brazil, China and onward! Thank you to the tens of thousands of people who have read it! And to everyone who has loved this blog!