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.
Moderated by Barbara Pressman, touring docent. Presented in conjunction with Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens and Intersections in American Art.
Meeting each second Tuesday at 12pm, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount. To add your name to our Discussion Bound mailing list, email Kristi McMillan, director of learning & engagement, or call 828.253.3227 x122.