The Forest Lover

Version: Unabridged
Author: Susan Vreeland
Narrator: Karen White
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: February 2004
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

It was Emily Carr (1871–1945)—like Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo—who first blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of late Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art. Her boldly original landscapes are praised today for capturing an untamed British Columbia—and its indigenous peoples— just before industrialization would change it forever. In her latest novel, Susan Vreeland brings to life this fiercely independent and underappreciated figure. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to prewar Paris, where her art was exhibited in the famed Salon d'Automne, Carr's story is as arresting as it is vibrant. Vreeland tells it with gusto and suspense, giving vivid portraits of Carr and the unconventional people to whom she was inevitably drawn: Sophie, a native basket maker; Harold, the son of missionaries, who embraces indigenous cultures; Fanny, a New Zealand artist who spends a summer with Carr painting in the French countryside; and Claude, a French fur trader who steals her heart. The result is a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction.

Author Details

Author Details

Vreeland, Susan

SUSAN VREELAND grew up in California and taught high-school English in the San Diego school system for 30 years. She wrote a widely used student-writing handbook titled "What English Teachers Want", as well as two previous novels. Her short fiction has appeard in several literary journals, and she received "Inkwell Magazine's" Grand Prize for Fiction in 1999. She lives in San Diego.