I Always Loved You: A Novel by Robin Oliveira – VIRTUAL
The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy. When, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Cassatt’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late; her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill; and worse, she 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 for 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. In I Always Loved You, Oliveira brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle-Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.
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