Rodin’s Lover: A Novel

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Rodin’s Lover follows Camille Claudel, a brilliant female sculptress who was often overshadowed by her famous lover Auguste Rodin. Brought vibrantly to life by Heather Webb, Camille’s story is filled with passion and determination. She tenaciously climbs the ladder of the art world, only to fall hard as her fame grows and she becomes increasingly paranoid.

Rodin is a conflicted character in the novel as he refuses to leave his long time mistress for Camille, and yet he can never let her go. While the novel drags in some places as it minutely details Camille’s psychological breakdown, it is still an absorbing portrayal of an obscure artist. The final pages of the novel are heartbreaking as Camille makes her final descent into madness. Despite Rodin’s unwillingness to fully commit to Camille in life, his final request that her works be housed along with his own at the Rodin Museum is a testament of his love and respect for her. Readers are sure to find Rodin’s Lover a riveting examination of all-consuming love and unfettered talent.


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Author Heather Webb
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Plume
Publish Date 2015-Jan-27
ISBN 9780142181751
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Issue May 2015
Category Historical Fiction
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