I just recently read Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland and as you can probably guess, it’s about Auguste Renoir’s masterpiece.
I was previously warned about the preoccupation with la vie moderne but it seemed to take up a vast majority of the characters’ every waking thoughts. I’m not sure what I was really expecting to read or discover from this particular historical fiction book, but it wasn’t what I was reading. I’m sure that the author once again did her homework, but I really haven’t been too impressed by any of her works.
But to be fair to the author, I generally don’t like historical fiction, there are only two historical fiction books that I’ve ever enjoyed and would highly recommend to anyone: Gate of Fire by Steven Pressfield and Road to Cana by Anne Rice.