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Weekend reads and falling behind...

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I'm so wildly behind on this blog, it's not even funny (and is starting, honestly, to be a little stressful!).

I've managed to read a few books since the start of the year, but trying to review them feels impossibly hard. Partially I'm not motivated to make the time -- when I have free time, I want to read, or see my wife, or clean our apartment -- and partially I feel sort of mush brained, still, and unable to write a decent review.

Perhaps this weekend...!

My weekend read is Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland, which I'll have to sneak in when Little Reader is sleeping (which, these days, is almost never!).

What are you reading this weekend?

Interview with Heather Webb

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Earlier this week I reviewedRodin's Lover by Heather Webb, a fabulous historical novel about the gifted sculptor Camille Claudel. I'm thrilled to share my interview with Ms. Webb about this book.

Was Rodin’s Lover the original title of your book?

No! Actually it was The Eternal Idol, a piece by Rodin that I thought perfectly summed up Camille and Auguste's relationship together, but it wasn't "marketable" enough so we went with my second choice, sadly. I really preferred the other.

As you were writing Rodin’s Lover, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

A scene popped up which I hadn't plotted originally was the one in which Camille and Rodin go to Le Chat Noir, a famous night club in Montmartre. What a fun scene that was to write! I had a ball researching it as well. In fact, I got lost in the details of the era in Montmartre and had to reign myself in from the rabbit hole of research.

You have a foodie section of your blog, so what…

Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb

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Title:Rodin’s Lover
Author: Heather Webb

Genre: Fiction (Historical / 19th Century / France / Paris / Artists / Love Affair / Mental Illness)
Publisher/Publication Date: Plume (1/27/2015)
Source:Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Rating: Liked.
Did I finish?: I did.
One-sentence summary: In late 19th century Paris, a young sculptor accepts tutelage with a famous sculptor, and both are inspired by love.
Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction

Do I like the cover?: I do, very much -- I believe the image is of Camille (or inspired by her portrait) and it's so striking in person!

I'm reminded of...: Melanie Benjamin, Lynn Cullen, Erika Robuck

First line: Camille dropped to her knees in the mud.

Buy, Borrow, or Avoid?: Borrow or buy.

Why did I get this book?: I'm a huge fan of Webb and was so intrigued by the subject of this one.

Review: Webb's second novel focuses on a less well known figure, French Belle Époque sculptor Camille Claudel, and this novel surpasses her first (which was …