Tag Archives: fiction

Dysfunctional Romance in Belle Epoque Paris

Destination: Paris (Belle Epoque–1880s-1920s)

Book: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (New February 2014)

Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas–(shown here in portrait and self-portrait by Degas) a dysfunctional romance if  there was one.  That is not a typo. (I did not mean to type “if ever there was one”.)

It is clear in reading I Always Loved You: A Novel that Robin Oliveira had very little fact to go on in her novelized version of the rumored love affair between the American and French artists, but the suspicion is enough to go on. Life among the artists of the Belle Epoque in Paris on the other hand swirls and sparkles just as you would expect in the midst of a gang that included a bunch of nobodies (then) who are artistic treasures (now). Continue reading

A House of Mirrors

A WEEK of Books About Writing and Publishing

Note: It just happens that three books landed on my reading pile that deal quite prominently with writing, reading, and publishing. So it seemed logical to group them together this week.

Destination: Spain and Argentina


Book: All Men Are Liars (NEW June 2012) by Alberto Manguel

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Complex, intriguing, mysterious, intellectual, playful.  In All Men Are Liars, the writer Alberto Manguel (usually identified as Argentian) elicits all these reactions. Continue reading