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Paris, 1926. An aging Mary Cassatt, eyesight failing, searches through the clutter of her art studio for a bundle of lost letters. The sight of them—bound in silk ribbon, fading and difficult to make out—takes her back to her fateful introduction to Edgar Degas and to the love and heartbreak that followed. In her novel, I Always Loved You, Robin Oliveira, author of the New York Times bestselling My Name Is Mary Sutter, tells of the tumultuous and passionate relationship between these two celebrated artists of the Impressionist movement. Forty-nine years earlier, after the Civil War, a young Mary Cassatt moves from Philadelphia to Paris to pursue a life as an artist. It proves difficult: along with her father’s outspoken disapproval of her way of life, Mary struggles to support herself with her meager earnings from painting and suffers the shame of rejection from the Paris Salon, where all of France’s most prominent artists exhibit. Then one day, a friend introduces Mary to the artist Edgar Degas, and her art—and life—are changed forever. Edgar proves to be mercurial and temperamental; he is, in turns, charming and insolent, prone to selfishness and wounding remarks, but also charismatic, captivating, and inspiring. As artistic collaborators, friends, antagonists, and, presumably, lovers, Mary and Edgar forge an impassioned relationship that deeply impacts the nature of their art and defines both of their lives. I Always Loved You brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, capturing the golden age of Impressionism and peopled with many prominent figures of the movement including Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot (the only other prominent female artist working in Paris at that time) whose own romantic relationship is also the subject of gossip and scandal. Robin Oliveira writes with grace and uncommon insight into the lives of artists and the passions and foibles of the human heart. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robin Oliveira holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
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This is going to be fun! We've got three authors on one night, for triple the impact! Seattle's Robin Oliveira, Barry Wightman from Wisconsin, and mystery writer Mark Stevens out of Denver are joining together to give you a wide range of great reads, ready for summer vacations or graduation gifts! They will also be happy to offer insight to writers on the world of publishing, self-publishing, marketing, and promotion.
From Oliveira, whose My Name Is Mary Sutter has been a book group pick here, comes I Always Loved You, a historical novel about the tumultuous and passionate relationship between the artists Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas.
Barry Wightman's Pepperland is a '70s rock and roll race through the heartland of America--a love letter to the power of new-fangled computers and the importance of a guitar pick. What happens when a revolution dies and a new one begins?
Mark Stevens has made a name for himself in the Mountain West with his mystery series starring hunting guide Allison Coil. His last mystery, Buried by the Roan, also takes a sharp look at the environmental and societal impact of fracking for natural gas. Stevens will also bring the posthumously published stories of Gary Reilly, a Pushcart Prize winner whose Asphalt Warrior books have been steadily gaining fans.
Robin Oliveira holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Born in St. Louis, raised in Chicago and New England, Barry Wightman, a business major at Principia College in southern Illinois, claims he should’ve been an English major. Living for many years in Chicago and Minneapolis, he raised a family with his wife Jill, and spent thirty years in the high tech industry, traveling the world, spending time in Silicon Valley, with countless trips to Asia, Australia, and much of the rest of the world. After all that, he earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. He currently serves as vice president of marketing at Forward Health Group, Inc.
Mark Stevens manages his own freelance communications business in Denver. Previously, he has worked in school public relations in Denver and Greeley and was also a reporter for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and the Christian Science Monitor. He also worked as a field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Stevens is married and has two daughters.
Location: Street: 157 Winslow Way E. City: Bainbridge Island, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98110 Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)