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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Scott Chessman Narrator: Harriet Scott Chessman Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2002 ISBN: 9781482975345
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Ill with Bright’s disease and conscious of her approaching death, Lydia Cassatt contemplates her world with courage, openness, and passion. As she addresses and comes to accept her own position as her sister’s model, she asks stirring questions about love and art’s capacity to remember. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Elegantly conceived and tenderly written, this cameo of a novel ushers readers into a small, warmly lit corner of art history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chessman’s soft, clear voice wears well as Lydia, and her French is excellent. You can tell she wants you to get inside her subject as she has. Lydia comes across as earnest, observant, and sometimes dreamy, painting May in words as May captures her in colors.”


  • “Be prepared for an insightful and moving tale about a great American painter and her family…Like Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, this book beautifully limns the impact of art on a woman close to a great artist though the women involved are very different.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lydia’s view of her receding world is at times laden with bitterness, but mostly there is an unearthly, ladylike composure to Chessman’s characterization of her…This translates into a light, enjoyable read, and Chessman does an outstanding job of articulating the wordless exchange between a model and a painter.”


  • “Chessman, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, handles strong emotions with a delicate yet revealing hand, her prose painting a picture as revealing as the paintings, skillfully insinuating herself into the minds of characters, the spirit of the times and the breathing entity of Paris. A novel that vibrates with life.”


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About the Author
Author Harriet Scott Chessman

Harriet Scott Chessman is happy to announce her newest novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, published by Outpost 19 in March 2017. She is the author of the earlier novels The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Someone Not Really Her Mother, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels. In addition, Harriet wrote the opera libretto for MY LAI, commissioned by the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and featured in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR’s All Things Considered, Good Morning America, The Christian Science Monitor, and more. She has taught English and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. After twelve years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives now in Connecticut.