|Pages/Publication Date:||451 / 2019|
In Belle Époque France, fledgling composer Erik Satie sets his sights on the Parisian art scene, aiming for greatness but achieving only notoriety. As the years pass, the eccentric pianist inspires and alienates friends like Claude Debussy and Suzanne Valadon; only his younger siblings Louise and Conrad are steadfast allies. But in Caitlin Horrocks's brilliant re-creation of the Satie family's lives, a journey that will take Louise from Normandy to Paris to Argentina, where she is rocked by a severe loss that ultimately forces her into a reckoning with how Erik—obsessed with his art and hungry for fame—will never be the brother she's wished for.
"Horrocks paints an atmospheric portrait of bohemian Paris…. Finely written and deeply empathetic, a powerful portrait of artistic commitment and emotional frustration."—Kirkus Reviews