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I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Paris, 1926. An aging Mary Cassatt, eyesight failing, searches through the clutter of her art studio for a bundle of lost letters. The sight of them—bound in silk ribbon, fading and difficult to make out—takes her back to her fateful introduction to Edgar Degas and to the love and heartbreak that followed. I ALWAYS LOVED YOU tells of the tumultuous and passionate relationship between these two celebrated artists of the Impressionist movement.

Forty-nine years earlier, after the Civil War, a young Mary Cassatt moves from Philadelphia to Paris to pursue a life as an artist. It proves difficult: along with her father’s outspoken disapproval of her way of life, Mary struggles to support herself with her meager earnings from painting and suffers the shame of rejection from the Paris Salon, where all of France’s most prominent artists exhibit. Then one day, a friend introduces Mary to the artist Edgar Degas...

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MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER

In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens—two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary’s courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering—and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.

Like Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks’s The Widow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokes the atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (including marvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, General McClelland, and John Hay...

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