Five Star, Jan 2005, 26.95, 317 pp.
In 1868 in the Louvre, Berthe Morisot practices painting by copying the masters. Usually she is accompanied by her sister and her mother, but today she is alone except for her friend Rosalie Riesener. Another friend, Monsieur Fantin, joins the two young women and introduces them to renowned artist Edouard Manet. He flirts with Berthe and even changes her drawing slightly though she lectures him for doing so.
Berthe is attracted to Edouard, but is horrified to learn her new admirer is married to a pianist named Suzanne. The budding female artist also meets Edouard's brother Eugene; soon the brothers compete for the affection of Berthe. Will she choose the single brother, the famous married brother, or neither brother?
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner