Cowell's latest work puts me very much in mind of Leaving Van Gogh: A Novel, as the life of the early Impressionist is displayed -- warts and all.This book tells a fictionalized history of Monet's relationship with his model/muse, the well-to-do Camille Doncieux. The ups and downs of their 12-year relationship are laid bare as they go from living in a fine home to a hovel and back again. In between, there are "interludes" with Monet as an old man living in Giverny and preparing to exhibit his now-famous garden and water lily pictures.Cowell's prose is lovely, and she draws you into Monet's life. I felt as though I knew his friends (Bazille, Sisley, etc.) through her imagery. Highly recommended for those interested in art and artists.