BOOK TOUR COMING MARCH 2017!! for Harriet’s new novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. You are welcome to check back in for updates!
“A beautiful meditation on the interplay of art, time, and memory . . . a luminous portrait of a woman without vision who is just beginning to see.”
—Ann Packer, The Children’s Crusade
“Chessman [tells this story] with simple grace, delivering in Estelle Degas’ engaging voice . . . the challenges of marriage, family, and love.”
—Meg Waite Clayton, The Race for Paris
“This nuanced story of love lost and found, wrapped around the experience of seeing and being seen, is itself a masterful work of art.”
—Elizabeth Rosner, Electric City
“Chessman brings us . . . one monumental day in which the discovery of a sketchbook leads to the reevaluation of a whole life. This novel is a profound delight from beginning to end.”
—Micah Perks, author of What Becomes Us
“Chessman inhabits this sumptuous world of New Orleans with grace and a kind of heightened sensual alertness, a mystery that unravels level by level…This is a lovely novel that I would recommend to anyone.”
—Jay Parini, author of The Last Station
“There is heartbreak here and very few escape, but there also is enormous love”
—Suzanne Levine, author of Grand Canyon Older Than Thought
“An utterly beguiling story . . . With the clarity and simplicity of a piano sonata, [this] is a novel about perception, enduring love, and the complex family legacy of a great artist.”
—Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson
Harriet Scott Chessman is happy to announce her fifth novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, forthcoming in March 2017 with Outpost 19. Harriet is the author of the earlier novels The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Someone Not Really Her Mother, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels, and the libretto for a contemporary operatic piece, MY LAI, commissioned by the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Harriet’s fiction has been translated into eight languages. She has taught English and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford University. She lives in Connecticut.