Synopses & Reviews
A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, ?done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself? (USA Today)
With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists? lives. Now, as she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland once again focuses on a single painting?Auguste Renoir?s instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir?s real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a cafand#233; terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that ?the painting literally comes alive? (The Boston Globe).
Vreelands most ambitious book yet.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
If a trip to Paris is a bit outside of your price range, Vreelands new novel is the next best thing.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Exquisitely wrought . . . this summers most satisfying historical novel.
The Seattle Times
Vreeland takes the big bold brush strokes of Renoirs personal and artistic oeuvre and displays them with her usual vividness in this eponymous novel. . . . Sensual and provocative.
The Baltimore Sun
About the Author
Susan Vreeland is the internationally renowned author of five books, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue.