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Marriage of Opposites

Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman

From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
August 2015

From the Top Ten bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, to be a television mini-series in 2015, comes a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St Thomas about one of history's most captivating 'invisible' women: Rachel Pissarro, the rebellious, headstrong Jewish mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro - who in 1825 defied her insular religious community to follow her heart. Inspired by a true story, this sweeping romance follows the course of one woman's dramatic life. Rachel's mother never forgave Rachel for not being a boy. The daughter of a merchant, Rachel is married off as a teenager to a local widower whose business will help her father's; she finds herself suddenly running a household and stepmother to three children. When her husband dies unexpectedly, his 22-year-old nephew, Frederick, arrives from France to settle the estate, only to fall passionately in love with both Rachel and the glorious island of her birth.Their love sparks a scandal in the little town - one that has reverberations halfway across the globe. One of the children of this defiant, passionate union is Jacobo Camille Pissarro, a serious and stubborn little boy who, inspired by his mother's iron will and faith in her own heart, will grow up to become the Father of Impressionism.

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