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The Collector's Apprentice based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to draw the picture of how she came to be in such a situation (and wondering, perhaps, if she actually DID the deed), we see a spoiled, pampered, and naive Belgian girl who becomes a woman, after she is alternatively seduced, cast out, abused, befriended, and courted. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work from Algonquin Books. The suspense kept building, the to very end, with several surprises along the way. Vivienne's relationship with Edwin Bradley goes from timid assistant to complete colleague and romantic interest. Along with an entanglement with famed artist Henri Matisse. If you love art, and the idea of "visiting" the artistic salons of Gertrude Stein, you'll probably enjoy this book, based loosely on an interweaving of historical and fictional characters.