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"Vreeland has found perhaps the most appropriate venue yet to express her own exuberant feminism and spirituality. What's more, by immersing herself in Carr's extensive writings, Vreeland has picked up the tenor of the painter's language — her eclectic mysticism, emotional devotion, and single-mindedness. The result is a life story that's sympathetic to a fault." Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

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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.

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"[Vreeland's] robust narrative should do much to establish Carr's significance in the world of modern art." Publishers Weekly

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"[Vreeland's] dramatic depictions of Carr's daunting solo journeys, arduous artistic struggle, persistent loneliness, and despair over the tragic fate of the endangered people she came to love truly are provocative and moving." Booklist

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"A sensitive, sober account of an interesting woman and her times, narrated with respect for the factual record and a minimum of heavy breathing." Kirkus Reviews

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In her acclaimed novels, Susan Vreeland has given us portraits of painting and life that are as dazzling as their artistic subjects. Now, in The Forest Lover, she traces the courageous life and career of Emily Carr, who?more than Georgia O?Keeffe or Frida Kahlo?blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to artists? studios in pre?World War I Paris, Vreeland tells her story with gusto and suspense, giving us a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction.

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A historical novel that tells the story of painter Emily Carr, who shook up the early twentieth-century art scene with uncompromising brushstrokes that captured the fading wilderness of an increasingly industrialized British Columbia as well as the indigenous villages, the tribal peoples and their dying customs and art forms. She faced hypocrisy and injustice, and was always true to herself, and to her art.

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Susan Vreeland is the award-winning author of the national bestsellers The Passion of Artemisia and Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

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radfemme, June 8, 2011 (view all comments by radfemme)
Emily Carr, an early 20th century Canadian painter, was a spit-fire and Susan Vreeland really captures her spirit, spunk, compassion, devotion to her home land & expression of it in paintings, and her persistent self-doubt with a convincing and compelling novel of triumphs and tragedies. Her life as an artist was remarkable, especially since she persevered (mostly) in spite of pervasive sexism and shunning of her native & natural subjects. It's also a sympathetic political and societal perspective of what it was like in British Columbia when the colonizers were wiping out the native peoples as best they could, while she valued and adored (some said idealized) their culture and way of living. It's hard to be "ahead of the times" at any time, apparently.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670032679
Author:
Vreeland, Susan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
British Columbia
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Landscape painters
Subject:
Women painters
Subject:
Boardinghouses
Subject:
Nootka Indians.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
107-13
Publication Date:
20041130
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.12x6.36x1.17 in. 1.33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 464 pages Viking Books - English 9780670032679 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[Vreeland's] robust narrative should do much to establish Carr's significance in the world of modern art." Publishers Weekly
"Review A Day" by , "Vreeland has found perhaps the most appropriate venue yet to express her own exuberant feminism and spirituality. What's more, by immersing herself in Carr's extensive writings, Vreeland has picked up the tenor of the painter's language — her eclectic mysticism, emotional devotion, and single-mindedness. The result is a life story that's sympathetic to a fault." (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Review" by , "[Vreeland's] dramatic depictions of Carr's daunting solo journeys, arduous artistic struggle, persistent loneliness, and despair over the tragic fate of the endangered people she came to love truly are provocative and moving."
"Review" by , "A sensitive, sober account of an interesting woman and her times, narrated with respect for the factual record and a minimum of heavy breathing."
"Synopsis" by ,
In her acclaimed novels, Susan Vreeland has given us portraits of painting and life that are as dazzling as their artistic subjects. Now, in The Forest Lover, she traces the courageous life and career of Emily Carr, who?more than Georgia O?Keeffe or Frida Kahlo?blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to artists? studios in pre?World War I Paris, Vreeland tells her story with gusto and suspense, giving us a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction.

"Synopsis" by , A historical novel that tells the story of painter Emily Carr, who shook up the early twentieth-century art scene with uncompromising brushstrokes that captured the fading wilderness of an increasingly industrialized British Columbia as well as the indigenous villages, the tribal peoples and their dying customs and art forms. She faced hypocrisy and injustice, and was always true to herself, and to her art.
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