This book is a gem: Gently insightful and a bit thought provoking. For anyone interested in the Impressionists or even those just looking to understand human frailty and strength this short read will leave its mark.
This is a fictional story of Mary Cassatt's sister . It is based on facts about her life. It is a quick read and fairly entertaining especially if you enjoy the work of American Impressionist Mary Cassatt.
Really enjoyed this book. Even though it's a fictionalized account of the relationship between Lydia and Mary Cassatt, it seems so real and so authentic.
With grace and insight,Harriet Chessman has created a wonderfully authentic portrait of Mary Cassatt from the point of view of her sister (and model) Lydia.An illuminating examination of the process of art being made in the context of these nuanced lives being lived. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper breathes life into 120-year-old moments captured on canvas To read this novel is to form an intimate connection with Cassatt and her Paintings.
"Chessman's language flows like a summer river...A poetic and moving first novel"
A brief, fictional account of the relationship of the Cassatt sisters as Lydia posed for paintings by her sister Mary.
I really like this book and the pictures that go with it add a lot to the enjoyment. In excellent shape.
I loved the narrators voice on this audio book...something that I think really matters when listening to a book on tape, first of all. This was a very good story with likeable characters. Wonderful insight into the life of Cassatt. I would definitely recommend the audio edition.
Excellent story especially if you love art!
This book was so well written it was easy to believe that it was being penned by Mary Cassatt's sister. Some wonderful insight to the life and times of Mary Cassatt.
This is such a luminous book! Whenever I get a new book, I always read the first paragraph -- with this book I found that I could not stop reading it at that point and just kept on going until I finished it. The writing just sparkles! It is also a book that can be read on many levels; it is a book about the relationship between sisters, it is a book about the process of creating art -- in this case, the Impressionist art of Mary Cassatt, the main character's sister, and it is a book about saying goodbye -- as Lydia Cassatt is dying of Bright's disease. This book is just a gem and I recommend it strongly!