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When Edgar Degas visits his French Creole relatives in New Orleans from 1872 to ’73, Estelle, his cousin and sister-in-law, encourages the artist—who has not yet achieved recognition and struggles to find inspiration—to paint portraits of their family members.

In 1970, Anne Gautier, a young artist, finds connections between her ancestors and Degas while renovating the New Orleans house she has inherited. When Anne finds two identical portraits of Estelle, she discovers disturbing truths that change her life as she searches for meaningful artistic expression—just as Degas did one hundred years earlier.

A gripping historical novel told by two women living a century apart, Estelle combines mystery, family saga, art, and romance in its exploration of the man Degas was before he became the artist famous around the world today.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Linda Stewart Henley does a beautiful job re-imagining Degas’s trip to America and cleverly weaves it with Anne Gautier’s story as it unfolds a hundred years later. Estelle is a colorful, intriguing page-turner that keeps the reader guessing right up until the very end!" - Michelle Cox

"Replete with meticulously researched details, sympathetic characters, and two equally captivating storylines, the book will keep readers guessing until its conclusion. For anyone with even so much as a passing interest in art of history, this book is a gem!" - Jacqueline Friedland

"Interweaving a contemporary story with a rich and detailed glimpse into a little-known segment of famed French painter Edgar Degas’s life, Linda Stewart Henley invites readers into the intriguing art world of New Orleans through interlocking storylines set a century apart. An admirable debut!" - Ashley E Sweeney

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