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Cynthia White

Morse Conference Room
Main Branch
Colusa, CA  95932


Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Meeting Date:  9/21/17

From the bestselling author of "The Dovekeepers" comes a love story about one of history's most captivating 'invisible' women: Rachel, the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. 

Growing up on the idyllic island of St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their tight-knit refugee community of Jews who escaped the European Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for refusing to live by the rules. But Rachel's fate is not in her own hands: in order to secure the future of her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome nephew Frederic arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes control of her life, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal affecting her entire family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro, who will one day become a founder member of the Impressionists and one of history's greatest artists.

Set in a world of lush, exquisite beauty, The Marriage of Opposites shows Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. The marriage of Rachel and Frederic is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary woman and her forbidden love.

Past Selections
May 2017: The Green Road by Anne Enright
March/April 2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
February 2017: Wintering by Peter Geye
January 2017: 11-23-63 by Stephen King

Upcoming Book Titles & Meeting Dates Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, 10/19/17
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, 12/7/17
Barkskins by Annie Proulx, 1/25/18
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, 3/1/18
Virginia Yerxa Community Read Selection to be Announced, 4/5/18
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, 5/25/18