Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 24, 2007
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When Victorine Laurent joins the chorus of the grand Paris
Opera ballet, she expects to become the mistress of a
wealthy man; this is how young women without family survive
in the decadent City of Light. Yet when the artist Degas
introduces her to Edouard Manet, her life changes
dramatically. She agrees to pose for him, and the result is
a painting that shocks Paris. Overnight, Victorine becomes
the cityâ€™s most sought after courtesan.
becomes the favorite of the Duke de Lyon, the power behind
the shaky government of Emperor Louis-NapolĂ©on, her
continued attraction to Manet becomes dangerous for them
both. And when an astonishing secret from Victorineâ€™s past
comes to light, her carefully constructed world may come
crashing down around her.
Victorine transports readers back to nineteenth-century
Paris, a time when art, love, and commerce blended
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