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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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It was Emily Carr (1871-1945), not Georgia O'Keeffe or Frida Kahlo, who first blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of late Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art. Her boldly original landscapes are praised today for capturing an untamed British Columbia, and its indigenous peoples, just before industrialization would change it forever.

In her latest novel, Susan Vreeland brings to life this fiercely independent and underappreciated figure. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to prewar Paris, where her art was exhibited in the famed Salon d'Automne, Carr's story is as arresting as it is vibrant. Vreeland tells it with gusto and suspense, giving vivid portraits of Carr and the unconventional people to whom she was inevitably drawn: Sophie, a native basket maker; Harold, the son of missionaries, who embraces indigenous cultures; Fanny, a New Zealand artist who spends a summer with Carr painting in the French countryside; and Claude, a French fur trader who steals her heart. The result is a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reuel | 1/24/2014

    " A biography of Canadian artist Emily Carr and her painting of the totem poles and villages of the NW Coastal tribes of Canada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahallwalker | 1/23/2014

    " This is a good historical novel about a woman artist paining in the early 1900s in British Columbia. She was one of the first artist to paint Indian totem poles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 1/17/2014

    " This book about Emily Carr was wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2014

    " This book was nicely written but it did not hold my interest at all. I thought it would be more about her life and what she went through to get to where she was, but it did not show her life growing up. The book started with her in her 30's. Just not what I thought would happen according to the synopsis. I skimmed the last 100 pages and found nothing really changed. Too bad because it sounded promising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/13/2014

    " This is a biography about Emily Carr, an artist from British Columbia in 1915- 1930s. It is an excellent book about her journeys to wilderness areas of Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands, and Alaska to paint totem poles and other artifacts of native life -- in order to preserve them. She had so much passion and courage to live a completely different life than was expected of women of that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wonderbunny | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this take an female artist who lived along the Pacific coast of Canada at the turn of the century. I found the story enjoyable the characters engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindyloo | 12/29/2013

    " The Forest Lover is both powerful and empowering. Anyone who has a calling will thrill at Vreeland's description of how Emily Carr comes into her own as an artist. Anyone who has ever struggled with their calling will find in Carr a kindred spirit. Emily Carr was considered an eccentric in her day and for some time after it. Vreeland paints her in such a way that she is at all times sympathetic, and yet the reader can see why others did not always find her so. Though this is a fictional interpretation of Carr's life, which the author freely admits, I feel like I know this Canadian icon better from reading the book. As a Vancouverite I particularly enjoyed seeing Vancouver and parts of the BC coast as they once were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz sharp | 12/29/2013

    " liked the being true to your own self. now i must look up her paintings. i put the book down many times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 12/27/2013

    " This would be a 4 1/2 star book. Really enjoyed the story of painter Emily Carr and her life spent striving to distill the essence of her British Columbia surroundings in her art. I'll be hunting down more books about her.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 12/14/2013

    " Not my favorite of her books. The plot moved too slowly for me and I did not connect with the main character. However, it does have something to say about women in earlier times and what a hard, struggle-filled life they had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amypete | 12/3/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this read (about a female artist) as much as Vreeland's other works, but I did enjoy learning more about Pacific Northwest Native Americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/30/2013

    " I am becoming a devoted Susan Vreeland fan. This one especially touched my heart, being a devoted lover of art and the NW, this was total bliss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbie | 11/26/2013

    " Dense and profound. Addressing subjects as far reaching as the artist's need to express, the process of finding and cultivating that expression, women and the arts,the treatment of indigenous peoples, the relationship of Nature and humanity.....so much, so well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Baack | 11/21/2013

    " Slow plot, but inspiring fictionalized account of real woman artist in the early 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther Miller | 9/10/2013

    " I liked this one a lot, because I love the idea of women as pioneers. I picked it up at a book sale for $5.00 and it was worth every penny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancyc | 8/26/2013

    " Lovely fictional account of the life of Mary Carr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 5/25/2013

    " Susan Vreeland is a favorite author of mine. This is a fictionalized story of the life of Emma Carr, Canadian artist and recorder of Indian motifs. I have been to her home in Victoria, B.C. The book is well-written and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 5/24/2012

    " A great book about an artist from a very closed community making her way at the turn of the century in British Columbia. She bucks gender and race rules in honor of her art. Painful descriptions of early relationships between indigenous people, the government, and English society. An inspiration. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 4/13/2012

    " Just couldn't get into this one. Moving on to something more interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 2/14/2012

    " excellent book if you at all interested in Emily Carr. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 9/26/2011

    " I had to read it for my Humanities 300 class but it wasn't the most boring assigned book I've had for a class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/16/2011

    " I like Susan Vreeland; her books are historical, but fictionalized and are pretty interesting! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 7/6/2011

    " Stilted fomulaic writing. A disappointment. More like a romance novel than good historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June Pecchia | 4/21/2011

    " What an amazing woman... I was introduced to the art of Emily Carr while visiting Vancouver, B.C. in the 1980s... great luck that an exhibition of her work was in the main museum there. This tale is of an adventurous woman ahead of her time. Enjoy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa | 4/17/2011

    " I am slogging through this...don't see it as a favorite thus far. Couldn't finish it; life's too short! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/18/2011

    " I read this book shortly after moving to the Pacific Northwest. I fell in love with the beauty of the forests, waters and mountains while (arm chair)following Emily Carr in her travels and exploring the area on my own. She was a talented and courageous woman. I love her artwork too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/14/2011

    " A novel approach into the soul-searching life of artist, Emily Carr. What a strong,independent, amazing woman. I'll never look at the forest, totems or the color green the same way again.....planning a trip to Victoria, BC! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/4/2011

    " One of my favorites by Vreeland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Others I know found it a bit slow. It is a fictionalized account of the artist Emilie Carr. I love art and so it made sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the fictionalized story of Emily Carr, a British Columbia artist. Her desire to paint First Nations subjects and artifacts was not understood by white society of her time. She had to be a rebel to be true to herself and her art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancyc | 1/13/2011

    " Lovely fictional account of the life of Mary Carr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twodogs333 | 1/11/2011

    " I liked this book, but I"m really in to art and art history. I think a reader who is not in to art might have a tough time getting through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slyv | 12/3/2010

    " Good writer, and believeable fiction about artists in the upper Northwest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 10/26/2010

    " A fictional biography of Emily Carr, a Canadian painter arond the early 1900's. Moderately interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Susan VreelandSusan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including Luncheon of the Boating Party, Life Studies, The Passion of Artemisia, The Forest Lover, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She lives in San Diego.
About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.