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If You Liked X, Read Y: Novels Inspired by Art
If your bookshelf is heavy on novels inspired by famous pieces of art, notably the much-loved Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, we humbly present its perfect follow-up: Dede Crane’s One Madder Woman (Freehand Books) paints a fictional portrait of the life of Berthe Morisot, the only female painter in the circle of French Impressionists.
The CradleBerthe Morisot enjoyed a close friendship with fellow artist Édouard Manet, and she became one of his most frequent models, posing for portraits such as Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets. Some scholars have suggested that the two were lovers, even though Manet was married and Morisot herself later married Édouard’s brother.
Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of VioletsWhile there’s no way to know for sure, One Madder Woman portrays the fascinating story of a passionate affair between the two artists, and imagines the backstory behind some of Manet’s most famous (and frankly somewhat puzzling) paintings, such as Le Balcon.
Le BalconJust about every major Impressionist makes an appearance, adding a fun guessing game to see who will pop up next. For example, Degas is Berthe’s sarcastic confident and genuinely good friend, while Renoir appears at a raucous evening in Montmartre.If you enjoy books about real-life artists and their masterpieces like Girl with a Pearl Earring, or like finding out the stories behind the story, you should dive in to the vibrant, colourful world of One Madder Woman. It’s a rich world that provides a perfect escape in these days when we’re all sticking close to home.* * * Thanks to Kelsey Attard at Freehand Books for providing us a follow-up read to Girl with a Pearl Earring. One Madder Woman is available for purchase on All Lit Up. And for more literary comparisons, click here.