Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Novel Explores Passion of Picasso

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Novel Explores Passion of Picasso

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"MADAME PICASSO"

By Anne Girard.

Harlequin Mira ($14.95).

If social media had been around when young Pablo Picasso had been on the scene in Paris, his Facebook status undoubtedly would have read: "It's complicated."

In Anne Girard's "Madame Picasso," the last century's greatest painter is depicted as a sophisticated philanderer and has already established himself as a popular contemporary artist.

The female protagonist, Eva Gouel, has a past and lifestyle that are the direct opposite of Picasso's. She runs away from her well- meaning Polish family who only want the best for her - a pre- arranged marriage with a man who can take care of her for the rest of her life.

Eva resists her parents' demands with all her might. After all, what's love got to do with it? She wants to live her life as an independent woman and experience what life has to offer in new surroundings and in an era with minimal boundaries.

In an act of rebellion against her parents, but unbeknownst to them, Eva migrates to Paris. With the assistance of her roommate, Sylvette, she secures a position as a seamstress/designer at the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub.

After a rocky start with her new employer, Eva becomes known for her ability to come to the rescue for actors who experience wardrobe malfunctions that often are a part of the everyday scenario. Her skills are appreciated and are in demand as she becomes a life saver in the eyes of the actors and theater owner.

During an evening performance at the Moulin Rouge, Picasso notices Eva from his seat in the audience. He focuses his eyes on her as a prize. At a chance meeting later, he forcibly pulls Eva into his world by doing the unthinkable. Eva continues to hold on to her naive traditions as she opens herself up to and is exposed to Picasso's world - a world unlike her own. …

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