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In this 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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By Helen W. Karl on 05-19-05
Trite and poorly read
Ms Vreeland has found just about every cliche about women, artists, and Native Americans and repeated them relentlessly throughout this novel. It is read with great emphasis and excrable accents (the phony French is particularly painful). Save your money and your time; listen to one of the wonderful books at Audible!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Ren Evanoff on 10-01-17
Narration is key - too bad
This book was recommended by a friend and I was excited to learn more about the artist and her life and adventures. I am about half way through and probably won't finish due to the narration. I feel like Ms. White is talking to a child with her constant up an downs inflections. I am truly sorry that I won't get to know the rest if the story. Should have bought the book. A narrator can make or break an audio book and this one is broken.