I was sent an advance copy of Madame Picasso by Anne Girard to review, but thoughts and opinions are my own.
Since before I can remember having a preference, I have been a fan of historical fiction. It is my favorite type of book to read. In fact, I’ve been known to get so engrossed in a historical novel that as soon as I finish the book, I devour everything else I can find on the same subject or time period.
When I picked up Madame Picasso I was instantly drawn into 1911 Paris. Madame Picasso is set in a time period-location that I have never explored, and I have been fascinated to get to know early 20th Century France.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the bestselling tradition of The Paris Wife, Z, and The Aviator’s Wife, Madame Picasso illuminates the untold story of the powerful woman behind one of the most famous men in history. A veteran writer and historian, Anne Girard takes readers from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of history’s most influential artist. Part love story, part history, Madame Picasso is perfect for book clubs and reading groups.
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.
A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.
With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.
I’ve been using my hour-a-week waiting at the back of the room during karate class to read (as a busy mom, it’s hard for me to find as much time as I would like to read!) and I was instantly pulled in to the story. I love when I can find a book that delves into well-known characters or situations in history by exploring the lesser-known characters that played a part in their stories. Eva was someone that I could relate with – she is strong but not full of herself. And she had a profound impact on Pablo Picasso. It is said that their relationship was a turning point in his life.
I’m still in the middle of the book…and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!
Read an excerpt here.
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