One Madder Woman

By (author): Dede Crane

A memorable and clandestine love story between two visionary artists in 19th-century Paris.

“These madmen—and one madder woman—paint as if suffering seizures! One cannot make heads or tails of the work without taking ten paces back.”

In One Madder Woman, Dede Crane vividly recreates the life of Berthe Morisot, the sole female member of the renowned group of artists known as the Impressionists. Inspired by true events, One Madder Woman charts her complicated relationship with her sister and rival, Edma, and her tumultuous love affair with Édouard Manet, the charismatic enfant terrible of the Paris Salon, against a backdrop of upheaval and war in mid-19th-century Paris.

One Madder Woman illuminates the stories behind familiar masterpieces, and sketches a life teeming with obstacles defied and conquered by the genius of Morisot. At a time when art was a space completely dominated by men, Morisot upends all expectations of what a “proper woman” should be and manages to carve out her own place in the art world. Crane’s rich prose and lyrical expression bring this revolutionary artistic period to life, in vivid and glorious colour.


Dede Crane

Dede Crane is a nationally acclaimed author of five books of fiction and a co-editor of Great Expectations, essays on childbirth. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Prize, the Western Magazine Award, the CLA Award, the Ontario Library Best Book Award, the Bolen Book Prize and the Victoria Butler Book Prize, among others. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.


“In the brimming pages of Crane’s novel centering on the only female painter of their group, the world of the French Impressionists is stirred into complex, nuanced, living, breathing existence.” — Pauline Holdstock, author of Here I Am


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400 Pages
9.00in * 6.00in * .90in


September 15, 2020


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