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One Madder Woman

A memorable love story between two visionary artists in 19th-century Paris by Dede Crane

Dede Crane

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. (From Freehand Books)

Dede Crane is a writer from Gabriola Island, B.C. Her other books include the novels Poster Boy and Sympathy. She also co-edited the anthology Great Expectations alongside Lisa Moore.

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