I read this for the SAM book club. It was fun to learn the story behind the Madame X painting. One of the craziest things I learned was that there were laws regulating female dress in the 1800s. By law, women in France were not allowed to dress like men. Quality of writing was OK, which is why I gave it 3 stars.
8 out of 10. Enjoyed this a lot. Had previously read a non-fiction book about Sargent, this painting and Gautreau, so was interested when I saw there was a novel. Stayed pretty close to what I read in the non-fiction, but was more focused on Gautreau.
I picked this up by chance as a "Staff Pick" and I really enjoyed it...and I love novels written in the first person.
I wish readers who review books would NOT give away the story....ugh. ugh. So self important!
The woman who posed for John Singer Sargent's Portrait of Madame X was the twenty-three year old Louisiana-born Virginie Gautreau. A gem of Belle Époque Paris, she married at a young age, and attracted every kind of attention with her unusual beauty and her daring fashion sense. In the style of Girl With a Pearl Earring, Diliberto recreates Virginie's life and times, and brings to life her troubled but stimulating relationship with the artist who immortalized her.
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