LISETTE’S LIST, by Susan Vreeland, will appeal to those of you who follow her. She certainly knows her art. And she has captured the south of France, and Provence in particular, spot-on.
Lisette Roux is living in Paris in 1939 with her husband Andre as the story starts. Lisette is twenty and enjoying her life working as an apprentice in an art gallery. She can not even imagine that her ideal life is about to change drastically.
And then, Andre receives a letter from his aging grandfather Pascal. Pascal is in need of help because of crucial health issues. Feeling totally obligated, off the pair go to the south of Provence, to take care of their relative.
Upon arrival in the small village in Provence, Lisette is dismayed to find absolutely no art gallery. This really is a tiny out-of-the-way spot. But Pascal quickly wins Lisette’s heart with his precious paintings by amazing artists such as Pissarro and Cezanne. How did he come to acquire these? He used his unique talent for frame making.
As WW11 looms, France is invaded. And Andre goes off to war. But not before hiding Pascal’s art. Art and war have become an interesting topic in recent years. The more I read about it, the more I want to know.
Lisette meets up with Marc and Beth Chagall who are in hiding before fleeing to America.
Susan Vreeland is the author of LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY, GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, and CLARA AND MR. TIFFANY.
There’s lots of history in this novel. And lots of art. Enjoy!