Lydia Cassatt reading the morning paper by Harriet Scott Chessman

June 26, 2007 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment

Lydia Cassatt reading the morning paper” is a charming story about the relationship between Lydia and her sister, Mary Cassatt, the famous artist. Diagnosed with Bright’s disease in her early 40s Lydia is confronting her own mortality, something Mary is shying away from. She persuades Lydia to pose for a series of paintings, and through the long hours of holding a pose Lydia reviews her life and that of her sister.

Although based on fact, this is a work of fiction, but nonetheless fascinating because of it. This novel has left me wanting to know more about the Cassatts – their family life, Mary’s art, and her relationship to the world of late nineteenth-century French culture. Thankfully the library will be able to satisfy my curiosity – Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926

Recommended by Anne-Maree

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