From Paris in 1876 to present day Laguna Beach, each story focuses on ...more
Vreeland, whose Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999) fictionalized the story behind a Vermeer painting, again blends fact and fiction to bring artists and the lives of those affected by them to life. She approaches her subjects, from Renoir to a young girl coming to terms with death, with emotional sensitivity and great humanity, revealing how they, too, survive daily life. With a wonderful eye for detail and thorough research, she recreates the Impressionist and post-Impressionist worlds. A few minor q...more
However, the collection is uneven, with my individual scores for the stories ranging from 1 to 5. My favorite is the one about the daughter who is a potter and is dealing with her mother's slide into dementia. It brought me to tears and was the best of the bunch for me.
However, the early stories lacked central characters who were likabl ...more
The book was divided into stories of peripheral people of impressionist artists and Post-Impressionist artists like Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, and Modigliani and more current times where art had influenced someone's life. 3 stars for 1st half, 4 stars for the later half, which had an enjoyable flow to the writing.
Luckily this book of short stories were all great. It helped that they all had the same theme, none had horribly tragic endings, all were well written and had a great range of topics even though they all were involved with art in some way.. Amazing
I was impressed with how Vreeland made you feel like you were there for each story, and that the people were real and fresh.