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Lydia Cassat Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman

Lydia Cassat Reading the Morning Paper

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Lydia Cassat Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
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Oct 02, 2001 | ISBN 9781583222720
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“[A] flowing, lyrical novel. … I suppose I could have gone to a biography of Mary Cassatt to learn about most of these matters, but I don’t think the portrait of the artist I would have found there would have danced.” –Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

“A lovely, moving book—elegant in its economy, delicately powerful. Chessman beautifully captures the rich relationship between model and painter, and between sisters.” –Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

“This novel is shot through with … moments of recognition, some in silence, others in conversation, particularly with Degas. Most are balanced, however, by the author’s awareness that her dying heroine is isolated, even among those she loves. There is a heartbreaking simplicity to Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper. Yet like Cassatt’s art, its odd angles and delicate, inevitable details—some just out of our vision—make themselves felt long after one has finished long after one has finished this fine period piece.” –Kerry Fried, Newsday

“Shaded with intimations of mortality, a second novel touches tenderly on the relationship between Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) and her ailing older sister Lydia. Chessman … uses five of Cassatt’s paintings and their circumstances to shape her story. … A moving and intensely introspective portrait of the way art is created and life relinquished.” Kirkus Reviews

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