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Wendy SmithElsa's reckless courage is beginning to look like lunacy even to her bohemian comrades. Steinke wisely leaves the question open; we know that Elsa's syphilis is flaring up, and the illness could be driving her mad. The fragments of her poetry in the text are provocative and oddly beautiful, but the author makes no claim for her protagonist as a world-class artist. Instead, this fascinating and moving novel celebrates the baroness as a remarkable woman whose boldness took her to extremes that make most of us flinch.
— The Washington Post