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blog and events updated November 9 2014
NICHOLAS COOKE: actor, soldier, physician, priest
Kindle version of my Elizabethan novel now available! “Compelling reading, particularly for its rich and accurate detail.” — San Francisco Examiner
Exploring the world of the 10-year-old MOZART
NEW DEC. 31st! Mastermind of a Ten-Year-Old: published in WONDERS & MARVELS
HANDEL's MESSIAH: A very short and wonderful history
English Historical Fiction Authors - new JAN. 3rd!
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And if you'd like to know more about Claude's world, drop in at my blog EVERYDAY LIVES OF THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS
NEW INTERVIEW on MY INNER FRENCH GIRL
Internet radio interview about writing and the writing life, my mentor Madeleine L'Engle, why people read novels about artists etc. -- with one verse of a French folksong sung by me!
Stephanie Cowell is represented by Emma Sweeney Agency
The audio of the book was recorded by the actor Christopher Cazenove
"Stephanie Cowell is building a reputation writing beautiful, cinematic books that bring to life artists from various eras. She seems poised on the cusp of very great things." JANUARY MAGAZINE
Stephanie Cowell is a recipient of an American Book Award. Her novel MARRYING MOZART had its premiere as a play/opera in NYC December 2012.
BOSTON GLOBE: "Cowell is nothing short of masterful in writing about Claude Monet’s life and love... Claude & Camille is both a historical novel and a romance, but Cowell’s graceful, moving treatment of Claude and Camille’s turbulent love defies categorization. It’s an enthralling story, beautifully told..."
THE STORY: Journey back to the Bohemian streets of Paris 1865, a time of young love and the early beginnings of Impressionism. We are climbing five steep flights of dark steps to a small painters’ studio cluttered with art to meet the handsome young Claude Monet and his friends, his passion for painting, and the young woman who will haunt him all his life — the beautiful and mysterious Camille.
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BOSTON GLOBE (continued): "Cowell’s glimpse into Monet’s life and art is convincing and intimate...vividly portrays not just the couple and their life together, but their time and place, their world. She writes in language that is simple, elegant, and extraordinarily evocative."
NEW YORK TIMES: "...a diverting fictional representation of the Impressionist maverick Claude Monet and his first wife, who died at the age of 32...an account of his rocky ascent as he endures poverty, disappointment and disapproving parents, flanked by fellow artists Renoir, Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Degas."
BOOKPAGE: "Cowell presents a vivid portrait of Monet’s remarkable career. She writes with intelligence and reverence for her subject matter, providing a rich exploration of the points at which life and art converged for one of history’s greatest painters.”
ROMANTIC TIMES: "You'll never look at Monet's water lilies the same way after reading Stephanie Cowell's luminous [novel] of the artist and his muse. An ode to the Impressionists and the women...who inspired them."
JANUARY MAGAZINE: "Stephanie Cowell is building a reputation writing beautiful, cinematic books that bring to life artists from various eras. She seems poised on the cusp of very great things. This feeling is backed by her most recent work, the rich and satisfying Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet. The book breathes life into the story of the young Impressionist painter Claude Monet and Camille Doncieux, the well-born Parisian with whom he fell in love." (JANUARY MAGAZINE named CLAUDE & CAMILLE one of the best novels of 2010.)
SUSAN VREELAND: "To be swept up by this novel which reveals the man and woman behind--no, in, the waterlily paintings, the seascapes and landscapes, is a heartbreak. The story is lovely, touching, delicately written, and extraordinarily compelling. Read it with a book of Monet's paintings by your side, and be prepared to marvel, and to weep."
BOOKLIST: “Cowell mines the tempestuous relationship of Monet and his romantic and artistic inspiration with a nimble and discerning command as she indelibly evokes the lush demimonde of nineteenth-century Paris.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL: "One winter's day, a young, frustrated Claude Monet waits for a train on his way to boot camp; through the crowd, he spies a lovely young woman in tears. Captivated, he sketches her face before she disappears with her mother and sister into the bustle of the station. A few years later, he has not forgotten the girl's beauty and is stunned to meet her again in a Paris bookshop. Her name is Camille Donceaux, and she is destined to become Monet's first wife and greatest muse. Moving through war, illness, prosperity, and poverty, Cowell writes the couple's love story with an eye for perspective as skilled as any painter's. By novel's end, readers are left with not only the satisfying drama of life among the Impressionists but also a greater appreciation for Monet's art and the driving forces behind it....a rich, artsy read."
PUBLISHER's WEEKLY: "Beautiful bourgeoise Camille Doncieux leaves her family for Monet, whom Cowell depicts early on as a rebellious young man trying to capture in his paintings fleeting moments of color and light. A convincing narrative about how masterpieces are created and a detailed portrait of a complex couple, Cowell's novel suggests that a fabulous, if flawed, love is the source of both the beauty and sadness of Monet's art."
SANDRA GULLAND: "Claude & Camille" is a wonderfully absorbing and romantic novel, the story of Claude Monet's passion for his painting and his equally passionate love for a woman who is as elusive as the water lilies that he strove to capture on canvas. This elegant novel was hard to put down, and once I did, I rushed to view Monet's paintings with a deeper understanding. Stephanie Cowell is a wonderful writer."
Recommended in PEOPLE MAGAZINE.
The actress Barbara Rinella is giving a one woman presentation of CLAUDE & CAMILLE in the Midwest and California this winter. Translations are out in Taiwan, Germany and Italy with Polish to come in 2011.
From CHOCOLATE & CROISSANTS. "Cowell has painted her own canvas giving readers an unique look into Monet’s life." REVIEW and INTERVIEW
new CLAUDE & CAMILLE blog review: "[The novel] is like stepping into an artist's studio and finding oneself among the great Impressionists."
Super review on Big Think: "Claude & Camille will make you rethink what you thought about art, life, and love."
Review from Muse in the Fog. "Cowell has brought Monet to life and in doing so created a masterpiece of her own."
Bookloons Review. "There's more than one love triangle involved in this highly recommended tale. Don't miss Claude & Camille.”