Luncheon of the Boating Party

Susan Vreeland - Author

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ISBN 9781101202289 | 448 pages | 03 May 2007 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, “done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself” (USA Today)

With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists’ lives. Now, as she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland once again focuses on a single painting—Auguste Renoir’s instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir’s real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that “the painting literally comes alive” (The Boston Globe).

“Vreeland’s most ambitious book yet.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“If a trip to Paris is a bit outside of your price range, Vreeland’s new novel is the next best thing.”

“A masterwork.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Exquisitely wrought . . . this summer’s most satisfying historical novel.”
The Seattle Times

“Vreeland takes the big bold brush strokes of Renoir’s personal and artistic oeuvre and displays them with her usual vividness in this eponymous novel. . . . Sensual and provocative.”
The Baltimore Sun

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