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Lisette's List

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  3,213 Ratings  ·  606 Reviews
From Susan Vreeland, bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war.

In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband, André, move
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Random House (first published 2014)
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Angela M
Aug 04, 2014 Angela M rated it really liked it
As a little girl in the orphanage in Paris, Lisette’s love of art is born as she looks at a painting of the Madonna and Child. “How a human being, not a god, could re-create reality so accurately, how the deep blue of her cloak and the rich red of her dress could put me, a young orphan without a sou to her name in touch with all that is fine and noble, how such beauty could stir something in me so deep that must have been what Sister Marie Pierre called soul – such things drenched me with wonder ...more
May 16, 2014 ☮Karen rated it really liked it
Lisette and her husband Andrè move to Provence when summoned by his grandfather, who is in poor health. Only he seems fine, and is intent on teaching them some appreciation of the paintings he had long ago acquired from some up-and-coming French artists -- maybe these sound familiar -- Cèzanne and Picasso. Lisette is unhappy with the deception that forced her to leave her beloved Paris but soon learns to love Provence as well and makes some good friends. She also learns much about art, as do we ...more
Stephanie Renee
May 25, 2014 Stephanie Renee rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this novel. Lisette’s List was a thoughtful and moving read for me, with a scene mid-book that touched on the universal, giving me reason for pause and deep contemplation, what all great literature strives for. Vreeland’s mastery of language and descriptive images are on every page. The first word that comes to mind after reading the book: Exquisite. I loved Vreeland’s characterization of Parisian and Provençal life, along with learning about Marc Chagall a ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Chrissie rated it did not like it
ETA: I feel I need to clarify what exactly I found “too cute”. What I found too cute was the fictional story crafted by the author, of course not the historical events. In no way is WW2 cute. In addition I found the historical events, although not inaccurate, without depth. So much more could have been said!


OK, dear friends, do you want the truth? Friends recommended this book to me, and I don't want to hurt any feelings, but this book did not work for me at
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "Lisette's List" is the latest release by the fabulous historical fiction author, Susan Vreeland. Vreeland is definitely on my list of authors whose books I'm definitely going to want to get my hands on it as soon as I can whenever they come out. I very much liked some of her other releases and believe that "Lisette's List" is a very good follow-on to her other works. In this book, Lisette left the glittering world of Paris behind in order to go with her husband to a small French town ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
In this story we follow the life of Lisette, a young Parisian woman who is forced to relocate to a small Provence village when her husband's only living relative, an old grandfather who reared him, writes to tell them he is failing and needs Andre to care for him. This is a blow to Lisette who had been about to follow her passion for art by getting a job in a gallery. She consoles herself with the knowledge that Pascal owns seven paintings by famous artists since he used to work in the ochre min ...more
Art lovers and Francophiles will enjoy "Lisette's List". Fictional characters Lisette and Andre Roux left Paris to live in Roussillon de Provence to care for Andre's ailing grandfather, Pascal. Cosmopolitan Lisette misses Paris, but becomes very fond of Pascal who tells her stories about Pissarro and Cezanne. Pascal had worked in the ochre mines and later sold paints made from the ochre pigments. He made frames for the artists who paid him with their paintings.

When World War II breaks out Andre
Cynthia Hurst
May 16, 2014 Cynthia Hurst rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Susan Vreeland's, and her tie-ins to characters and art, I am excited about this August release. Having followed the author on Facebook, I was privileged to receive a few preview chapters for review. This book tells the story of Lisette as she moves from Paris to Roussillon in Provence to care for her 24-year-old husband's ailing grandfather. Lisette must somehow express her creative energies and find art while living in a small village. This is not a book for those who crave fast-pa ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Fall in love with this novel of late 1930’s Provence!

Suffused with the colors of Provence in the late thirties to forties, Lisette’s List tells the enchanting, sometimes deeply sad and always moving story of a young Parisian girl Lisette who agrees reluctantly to move to the south of France with her husband to live with his weakening grandfather. The old Pascal has stories to tell of his memories of Pissarro and Cézanne, both of whom he knew; he also has five gorgeous paintings to leave them. Bu
Jun 29, 2014 Sandie rated it it was ok
Sue Vreeland's LISETTE'S LIST is essentially written on two levels and while it does an admirable job in recounting certain aspects of WWII as well as presenting an art history lesson focusing on the fate of paintings by Pissarro, Cezanne, Picasso and Chagall during the German occupation of France it is not as effective in fulfilling expectations in the areas of plot intensity nor in character motivation and development.

Lisette, the title character, is a Parisian girl raised in a Catholic orphan
Jul 29, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok
I love Provence, Impressionist art, and historical fiction, and thought I would really enjoy this book. However, while the general thread of the heroine learning about artists from a man who used to sell paints and who received a few precious paintings from Cezanne and others was intriguing, the plot grew less believable and more contrived as the book went on. Further, the characters did not draw me in--i felt almost no emotion through their triumphs and tragedies. Thanks, Netgalley, for an adva ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Sally rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved Vreeland's Luncheon of the Boating Party, so when I found this by chance in the library, I scooped it up. And I did read it cover to cover, and I did love learning about painting in the first half of the twentieth century through the lens of small-town Provence daily life, and what WW II was like in Vichy France. That said, this book had a Serious Mansplaining Problem. If Donald Trump looked into a magic mirror and asked, "Who is the mansplainiest one of all?"--an honest magic ...more
A spectrum of colors created from ocher, mined and mixed to create a palette for Cezanne. Lavender growing wild and scenting the Provencal village of Roussillon. Fresh goat cheese and eggs in a creamy omelette. Gritty marzipan on your tongue. An old man's voice, telling stories that stitch together two centuries of art. All of the senses are engaged in Lisette's List, a novel about the power of art to engage the human instincts to survive, learn, and grow.

Lisette and André Roux love Paris, wher
Jun 12, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced copy of this book and was excited to read a novel that combined art and a strong woman set against WWII. The story started out wish a burst of energy as Lisette attempts to assimilate to a small town having becoming very accustomed to the te glittering life of a Parisian wife. When she learns her husband's grandfather lured them to the town under false pretenses she is oddly not upset. He imparts his love of art to her and regales her with stories of his interactions with ...more
May 19, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book. I love this author. I have read all of her books and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I would definitely recommend any of her books. Even if you do not know a lot about art or art history, it doesn't matter. She brings paintings to life. I feel like I understand more about art when I'm finished. In this book, she delves into pigments and the progression of different styles, starting with Cezanne and Pissaro and ending with Chagall. Instead of focusing on a single painting ...more
Jennifer Prim
Apr 01, 2014 Jennifer Prim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read the first three chapters; so far, so love!!
Denice Barker
Aug 07, 2014 Denice Barker rated it it was amazing
If you are going to read a novel by Susan Vreeland, you are going to learn something. And even if you think you don’t want to learn something about art and art history, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easily she dishes it up.
Lisette and her new husband move from Paris, where they both worked in the art world, to Roisson, in the Provence region, a place known for it’s wine, olive groves, ochre mines and fields of lavender, to care for Andre’s grandfather who is aging and needs to tell his
♥ Sue
Dec 06, 2014 ♥ Sue rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book that tells Lisette's story from pre-war Paris through World War II and beyond. Susan Vreeland tells such a tale that one forgets that this is fiction and that these are characters and not real persons who have experienced the war and its hardships. Plus, she gives some of the greatest painters in history a fictional life on her pages. She captures the spirit of the times and showers us with the emotions and the wants of the French people during wartime.

Lisette's List is o
May 14, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Written by one of my most all time FAVOURITE Authors, Susan Vreeland--I have been fortunate to be one of 12 Lucky readers to have been given the first 3 chapters to read, before the novel is distributed, which I happily did! This has left me craving to read the rest! So for my rating on what I have read thus far , I am definitely giving this Novel. 5 Star Rating!!
Read this, I know you will LOVE it!!
Christopher Hicks
Apr 16, 2015 Christopher Hicks rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It was full of Beautiful details. It dragged in a few places and some parts weren't feasible but over al it was a fun read.
Jul 10, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Andre and Lisette move from Paris to Rousillion in the late 1930's to care for his Grandfather, Pascal, who had raised him as a child. Pascal is ill and has acquired original paintings be famous painters during the course of his life as a dye salesman. He became quite friendly with them. He cherished them and wanted to tell Lisette the story behind each one. Each day he tells her of his memories but he is getting sicker and sicker. After he passes, WWII starts and Andre joins the forces. Before ...more
Karen Michele
Aug 20, 2014 Karen Michele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-books
Susan Vreeland is one of the authors I anticipate with joy. Her latest book, Lisette’s List, did not disappoint. First of all, it took me to Paris, my favorite city to visit, and then on to the countryside village of Roussillon, an area of France that has now moved to the top of my list of places to experience. Add to that Vreeland’s ability to describe art and the artistic process in a way that brings it to life, the historical setting of WWII and paintings taken during the Nazi occupation of F ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many interesting details to this book - art and artists, surviving World War II in occupied France, the city of Paris and the town of Roussillon. Ms. Vreeland writes beautifully on these subjects and creates sympathetic characters. Just before the beginning of World War II Lisette Roux and her husband Andre move from Paris to Roussillon to care for Andre's ailing grandfather Pascal. Pascal owns several paintings by men who are now well-know artists. He and many of the men in Roussi ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Irene rated it it was ok
This is my third novel by Vreeland and the one I least enjoyed. Lisette is bequeathed a collection of paintings by her grandfather-in-law who forces Lisette and her husband to swear to protect them. Fearful that these masterpieces will be stolen by invading Nazis, her husband hides them before heading off to war. When he does not return after the war, Lisette makes recovering them her personal mission. Vreeland describes these pieces of art in gushing detail and likewise this village in southern ...more
Nice tie in for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston book club -- you can tell the author is an art lover (which she also explains in her authors notes.)
May 13, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is the first historical fiction book that I've read and I'm planning to read more after finishing this book. I won this book from Goodreads giveaways and plan to read Susan Vreeland other books.The story takes us to many historical places in France during WW II and how it affected the artists and their paintings. How one woman lives her live while searching for hidden paintings of her late husband's grandfather that her husband hid prior to leaving to fight in the war. Wh ...more
Ruth Cuadra
May 14, 2014 Ruth Cuadra rated it it was amazing
Wonderful descriptive writing takes us through the life of Lisette, stranded in Provenance with her new husband's grandfather at the beginning of WWII. Learning about art and life from the grandfather, working to find her place among the people of the village while trying not to give up her dream of living in Paris and working with art, we watch her struggles and come to feel them as our own. When she finally learns to “Love more. Love again. Love broadly. Love without reservation,” we are left ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
I would actually give this a 3.75. It was a charming book very French. Really liked the writing the descriptive detail of life in a rural French village during WWII. The description of the art & the rich characters made this an enjoyable book
Courtney Gifford
May 14, 2014 Courtney Gifford rated it it was amazing
I won an advanced reading copy of this book, and as usual, I love Vreeland's style of writing and the historical fiction subject matter. You really cannot go wrong with her books.
Stephanie Krasner
Jun 29, 2014 Stephanie Krasner rated it really liked it
Very interesting read about artists and Provance.
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Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best-selling author and four-time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award’s highest honor. She is known for writing historical fiction on art-related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Her books have been translated into 26 languag ...more
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