Synopses & Reviews
A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France.
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice and his muse their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille's success is overshadowed by her lover's rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.
Rodin's Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era's greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
"Camille Claudel is an audacious and authentic character who deserves to be remembered. Rodin's Lover is epic and unflinching — a book you won't soon forget." Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of City of Jasmine
“Written with great empathy, this novel of the visceral world of Paris ateliers, of clay-stained dresses and fingernails, and talent which endures, comes vividly to life." Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet
"Masterfully crafted...in elegant prose, [Webb] relates the fascinating and tragic story of lesser-known artist Camille Claudel. In an era when female artists were overlooked, Camille fought to be recognized. As the story of her relationship with her mentor and lover, Auguste Rodin, unfolds, readers are treated to a larger-than-life love story full of passion and tragedy. Webb captures the era and characters to perfection." RT Book Reviews, starred review
"Webb's subject is fascinating...readers will find themselves hunting up encyclopedias and visiting museums to learn more about Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin....An entertaining guide that will take readers in and out of the salons and studios of 19th-century Paris and introduce them to one of history's most tragic and unsung rebels." Kirkus Reviews
"You'll be drawn into this story of obsession and passion between artist and his apprentice/muse." Cosmopolitan
About the Author
Heather Webb is a former French teacher, a blogger, and a member of the Historical Novel Society. She lives with her family in Connecticut.