Where the Light Falls
By Katherine Keenum
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425257784, 480pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Categories: Romance - Historical
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As the Belle Epoque dawns, Paris attracts artists from everywhere. One is Jeanette Palmer, daughter of a prominent Ohio family, who has left Vassar College under a cloud of scandal.
Amid the city’s great bohemian neighborhoods and teaching studios, Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success. And her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other.
But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum—and as the world opens its arms to Jeanette, and the society around her is transformed by cultural and scientific innovations, she must resolve a conflict utterly new to so many women: the choice between ambition and love.
Katherine Keenum holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Texas. She is a former editor of the Publications Program for the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University and has also taught writing at Yale. She lives with her husband in western Massachusetts. Inspired by actual events in her family’s history, Where the Light Falls is her first novel.
- Discuss the role that women play in society during the late nineteenth century. What are the major differences between American and European views of women in the working world? What do colleges in the 1870s prepare girls for? What opportunities await young women after graduation?
“Keenum’s deft handling of details make Where the Light Falls a standout among painterly novels. As delectable and addictive as a Parisian pastry, the book is an art-lover’s delight.”—Lynn Cullen, author of Reign of Madness
"Sweeping in scope, with vividly drawn, rich characters, Keenum's debut signals a writer to watch." -- Kirkus Reviews