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A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great love affair from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter

I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira


A Novel

Robin Oliveira

Advance Praise for I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

"Here, in beautiful prose, juicy with nuance and depth, is the intimate, heart-wrenching story behind Impressionist art history, with Mary Cassatt at its center. A glorious achievement."
—Susan Vreeland, author of Luncheon of the Boating Party

"I Always Loved You is a marvelous work, enthralling, illuminating, and beautifully rendered. Robin Oliveira brings Belle Époque the fullness of vivid, fiercely passionate life."
—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and The Spymistress

"Oliveira's breathtaking, cinematic novel transported me to late-nineteenth-century Paris, to lively salons and cafes, and to the refuge of the studio…This story reveals what it means to be an artist who is also a woman, and you will feel both the anguish and the triumph down in your bones."
—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife and The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Paris, 1926. An aging Mary Cassatt, eyesight failing, searches 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. In her new novel I ALWAYS LOVED YOU(Viking; $27.95; ISBN: 978-0-670-78579-7; Strict On Sale: February 4, 2014), Robin Oliveira, author of the New York Times bestselling My Name Is Mary Sutter, 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, and her art—and life—are changed forever.

Edgar proves to be mercurial and temperamental; he is, in turns, charming and insolent, prone to selfishness and wounding remarks, but also charismatic, captivating, and inspiring. As artistic collaborators, friends, antagonists, and, presumably, lovers, Mary and Edgar forge an impassioned relationship that deeply impacts the nature of their art and defines both of their lives.

I ALWAYS LOVED YOU brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, capturing the golden age of Impressionism and peopled with many prominent figures of the movement including Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot (the only other prominent female artist working in Paris at the time) whose own romantic relationship is also the subject of gossip and scandal. Robin Oliveira writes with grace and uncommon insight into the lives of artists and the passions and foibles of the human heart.


Robin Oliveira holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Events for Robin Oliveira/I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Seattle, WA Elliott Bay Books Company February 4th, 7:00 PM
Seattle, WA Third Place Books February 5th, 7:00 PM
San Francisco, CA Mrs. Dalloway's February 6th, 7:30 PM
San Francisco, CA Book Passage February 7th, 7:00 PM
Chicago, IL Anderson's Bookshop February 10th, 7:00 PM
Minneapolis, MN Barnes & Noble (Edina) February 11th, 7:00 PM
Atlanta, GA A Cappalla Books February 12th, Time TBA
Vero Beach, FL Vero Beach Book Center February 13th, 4:00 PM
West Palm Beach, FL West Palm Beach Library February 14th, 2:00 PM
Miami, FL Books & Books February 14th, 8:00 PM
Dallas, TX Dallas Museum of Art February 18th, 7:30 PM

I ALWAYS LOVED YOU • Robin Oliveira • Viking • $27.95
Strict On-sale: February 4, 2014 • ISBN: 978-0-670-78579-7
Also available as an e-book

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