Wild Girls is the critically acclaimed true story of two wealthy American heiresses-one an artist, the other a writer-whose stormy, passionate love affair captivated Paris’s salon set between the wars.
Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks were rich, American, eccentric, and grandly lesbian. They met in Paris in 1915, and their relationship lasted more than fifty years, despite infidelity, separation, and temperamental differences. Romaine Brooks, a painter, was the product of an unhappy childhood and trusted no one but Natalie. Natalie Barney was passionate about life, sex, and love. Her Friday afternoon salons, attended by Gertrude Stein, and Colette and Edith Sitwell, were a magnet for social introductions and cultural innovations.
Drawing from letters, papers, and paintings, Diana Souhami, the award-winning author of Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter, re-creates the lives and loves of this pair of dazzling and wild women.
“Epic romance . . . smartly sex-positive and so good-naturedly shocking.”
-The New York Times Book Review
“Real tenderness and pathos . . . not only entertaining but affecting reading.”
-The Washington Post
“Their friends were the most bohemian, their parties the most risqué, their tortured love affair the most notorious in Europe. Diana Souhami tells a remarkable tale.”
-The Sunday Telegraph (UK)