These Good Hands
Aurthor: Carol Bruneau
Captive to a staggering genius and mounting paranoia, Mademoiselle—the fictional incarnation of legendary French sculptor Camille Claudel—relives her art-making in Belle Époque Paris from the asylum where she’s been captive for thirty years. The year is 1943, the height of the Vichy regime in war-torn France, and salvation comes in the form of Solange Poitier, the nurse who cares for Mademoiselle in her final days, and their growing friendship. In this compassionate, deftly-researched novel melding art history and storytelling, art and medicine mingle in the characters’ rejection of the misogynistic conditions that would stifle their deepest ambitions and gifts. Best known as Rodin’s muse and mistress, Claudel is given a voice here that’s fiercely hers and her art a recognition long due.
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