Creole Son

Creole Son

by Michael Llewellyn

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Overview

In 1872, French painter Edgar Degas is disillusioned by a lackluster career and haunted by the Prussian siege of Paris and the bloodbath of the Commune. Seeking personal and professional rebirth, he journeys to New Orleans, birthplace of his Creole mother. He is horrified to learn he has exchanged one city in crisis for another--post-Civil War New Orleans is a corrupt town occupied by hostile Union troops and suffering under the heavy hand of Reconstruction. He is further shocked to find his family deeply involved in the violent struggle to reclaim political power at all costs.
Despite the chaos swirling around him, Degas sketches and paints with fervor and manages to reinvent himself and transition his style from neoclassical into the emerging world of Impressionism. He ultimately became one of the masters of the new movement, but how did New Orleans empower Degas to fulfill this destiny?
The answer may be found in the impeccably researched, richly imagined historical novel, Creole Son.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015523003
Publisher: Water Street Press
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 415
Sales rank: 1,089,774
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michael Llewellyn a historical fiction and travel writer whose eleven years living in the New Orleans French Quarter inspired this story of Edgar Degas. He currently resides in California Wine country.

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Creole Son 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
Author Michael Llewellyn has produced another, deeply engrossing, very moving historic book set in reconstruction New Orleans. The addition of a master painter as a character and the author's intimate understanding of an artist's processes and inspirations made this a very fast, really absorbing read for me. Since I'm also very interested with anything New Orleans and especially analysis of one of the world's most interesting diverse cultures, I was caught up in Creole Son's magic from the very first page. I was also very glad I'd read the author's previous book, Twelfth Night which gave me access to several characters and situations with a greater understanding that I would have had. The author has a very distinct way of weaving historic period and social issues into a very intimate, very personal immersion into the setting. It's very clear that he also invested a great deal of time into researching this material. If you've been to NOLA or had any desire to know her better, this is a must-read. If you are a student of American History you will especially appreciate this critical examination of the political corruption in the Reconstruction Era which dealt the New Orleans society and economy a blow that still resounds. On finishing the book I immediately googled Degas New Orleans Paintings, which further brought this story to life for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago