Author & Scholar of Badass Women of The Gilded Age

Press

Press

 
 

Press for Sargent's Women:  

Winner of the 2018 Art in Literature: The Mary Lyn Kotz Award

Finalist for Best work of Non-Fiction Library of Virginia Literary Award

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

“A rollicking snow globe version of an almost unimaginable world of wealth … Lucey is a persistent detective and a bemused, sometimes amused, storyteller, attentive to interesting, hilarious, disturbing detail.”

“[Isabella Stewart Gardner] comes across as … a riotous mix of Bette Midler and Dame Maggie Smith’s upper-crust characters.”

–THE NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/2iNNlDG)

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“Donna Lucey’s lyrical meditation on life, love, and art in the Gilded Age … Sargent’s Women abounds with dazzling characters in atmospheric settings. Yet because it lacks a natural arc … its success owes entirely to the skills of the author [a] dogged sleuth, a confident stylist and a clever narrative architect. … As rich as these portraits are, the textual evidence in which Ms. Lucey ensnares them is finer still."

–THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (http://on.wsj.com/2nqePAT)

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“[Lucey] delivers the goods, disclosing the unhappy or colorful lives that Sargent sometimes hinted at but didn’t spell out … [B]ehind the illusions of breezy confidence that Sargent created, struggles and losses sometimes prevailed.”

–THE BOSTON GLOBE (http://bit.ly/2vL4WO6)

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"Like characters from the writings of Edith Wharton, these women were smart, passionate, willful, adventurous and striking-looking … Lucey's prose is invitingly conversational and quick-flowing. Her character sketches are colorful and she is not, thank goodness, above conveying some wonderfully catty gossip."

–The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2AOlQ3U)

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The Newport Daily NewsNewport, RI: Feature story on Sargent's Women book event at The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport

Interview with What'sUpNewp Radio, Newport, RI: Listen here (Minutes 10:15 through 26:30)

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO: Feature story on the return of John Singer Sargent's painting of Elsie Palmer 

Citizen Times, Asheville, North Carolina: Feature story on Sargent's Women book event at Malaprops Books

Hasty Book List: Review and interview

Virginia Living: Profile of Donna Lucey and her husband

Times Literary Supplement: Bawdry in the bloodstream  (http://bit.ly/2xdKB4K)

The Times (London): Book review: Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M Lucey (http://bit.ly/2Av1Vo6)

ELLE: Who Were Sargent's Women?: Author Donna Lucey on the stories behind these iconic American faces. (http://bit.ly/2goroGe)

Kirkus Reviews: Perceptive biographies of a quartet of Gilded Age women (http://bit.ly/2ihHCCk)

Publisher’s Weekly: Review (http://bit.ly/2jNW7OJ)

Booklist Online: Review (http://bit.ly/2ByqO1F)

The Weekly Standard (London): Water and Light (http://tws.io/2jM8H0Y)

With Good Reason: Radio Interview with Donna Lucey (http://bit.ly/2gPzQOP)

Library Journal: Audiobook Review (http://bit.ly/2BA1Q1L)

Lit Lovers: Reader’s Guide (http://bit.ly/2AO67Sq)

The Bay Area Reporter: John Singer Sargent's Painted Ladies  (http://bit.ly/2BwqgsW)

Antiques and The Arts Weekly: Review (http://bit.ly/2Anxl2t)