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I Am Rembrandt's Daughter

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With her mother dead of the plague, and her beloved brother newly married and moved away, Cornelia van Rijn finds herself without a friend or confidante--save her difficult father. Out of favor with Amsterdam's elite, and considered brash and unreasonable by his patrons, Rembrandt van Rijn, once revered, is now teetering on the brink of madness. Cornelia alone must care for him, though she herself is haunted by secrets and scandal. Her only happiness comes in chance meetings with Carel, the son of a wealthy shipping magnate whose passion for art stirs Cornelia. And then there is Neel, her father's last remaining pupil, whose steadfast devotion to Rembrandt both baffles and touches her. Based on historical fact, and filled with family dramas and a love triangle that would make Jane Austen proud, I Am Rembrandt's Daughter is a powerful account of a young woman's struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the world's most brilliant and complicated artists.

Review:

"'This sensitively sketched first novel paints a compelling portrait of 14-year-old narrator Cornelia and her conflicted relationship with her father, the famous painter Rembrandt. Cullen ably conjures the anxiety and loneliness of Cornelia's position once her beloved older brother marries and leaves her to care for her uncompromising, half-mad father, whose eccentricities (including a belief that God tells him what to paint) bar them from polite society and whose avant-garde painting style and unpredictable temperament keep patrons away and relegate them to near poverty ('The man's nerve is only exceeded by his madness,' a frustrated Cornelia vents). The highly atmospheric Dutch setting along the canals and constant threat of contagion from plague outbreaks heighten the tension, but a romantic triangle between Cornelia, her suitor Carel (an apprentice and heir to a shipping fortune) and her father's student Neel provides most of the drama here. Somewhat uneven chapters centered around the paintings focus on the circumstances surrounding the creation of individual works and point toward a secret involving Cornelia's deceased mother and why Rembrandt never married her. Readers may wish that the buildup to Cornelia's own artistic impulses yielded more, but they will cheer for this colorful cast, especially the likable heroine and the understanding and peace she crafts with her father. Ages 12-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Based on historical fact, this moving story--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults--is a powerful account of a young woman's struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the world's most brilliant and complicated artists.

Synopsis:

Based on historical fact and filled with family dramas and a love triangle that would make Jane Austen proud, this moving story is a powerful account of a young womans struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the worlds most brilliant and complicated artists.

About the Author

LYNN CULLEN is the author of several picture books and novels, including Moi and Marie Antoinette. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her at www.lynncullen.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781599900469
Author:
Cullen, Lynn
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Us
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.57 x 5.78 x 1.105 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 320 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781599900469 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'This sensitively sketched first novel paints a compelling portrait of 14-year-old narrator Cornelia and her conflicted relationship with her father, the famous painter Rembrandt. Cullen ably conjures the anxiety and loneliness of Cornelia's position once her beloved older brother marries and leaves her to care for her uncompromising, half-mad father, whose eccentricities (including a belief that God tells him what to paint) bar them from polite society and whose avant-garde painting style and unpredictable temperament keep patrons away and relegate them to near poverty ('The man's nerve is only exceeded by his madness,' a frustrated Cornelia vents). The highly atmospheric Dutch setting along the canals and constant threat of contagion from plague outbreaks heighten the tension, but a romantic triangle between Cornelia, her suitor Carel (an apprentice and heir to a shipping fortune) and her father's student Neel provides most of the drama here. Somewhat uneven chapters centered around the paintings focus on the circumstances surrounding the creation of individual works and point toward a secret involving Cornelia's deceased mother and why Rembrandt never married her. Readers may wish that the buildup to Cornelia's own artistic impulses yielded more, but they will cheer for this colorful cast, especially the likable heroine and the understanding and peace she crafts with her father. Ages 12-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Based on historical fact, this moving story--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults--is a powerful account of a young woman's struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the world's most brilliant and complicated artists.
"Synopsis" by , Based on historical fact and filled with family dramas and a love triangle that would make Jane Austen proud, this moving story is a powerful account of a young womans struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the worlds most brilliant and complicated artists.
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