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April 2019 Book Group Selection



Artists' lives serve as the inspiration for Vreeland's popular fiction, most recently in The Forest Lover (2003), a novel about Canadian painter Emily Carr. Writing beautifully accessible prose, Vreeland illuminates the conflicting demands of art and life in spite of a tendency to overly romanticize her subjects. Although she doesn't altogether avoid that pitfall in this irresistible collection of short stories, she does succeed in reaching deeper dimensions. To dramatize the cruel and sexist social mores of their time, Vreeland takes considerable liberties with the life stories of Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, and Edouard Manet, then achieves more subtle effects in tender stories about a boy caught taunting Cezanne and the son of the postman of Arles whose sessions sitting for Van Gogh usher in his coming-of-age. Freed from the complications of portraying iconic figures in her contemporary tales, Vreeland creates unexpected moments of magic, such as when a woman in a floundering marriage poses nude for a sculpture class and gains a new perspective on both herself and her burdened husband. Entertaining and provocative, Vreeland raises piquant questions about relationships between men and women and about how art can both drive people apart and bring people together. Donna Seaman
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