The Rose of Washington Square

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The book is a well-written piece of historical fiction that brings to life the extraordinary life of Rose O’Neill, a trail-blazing American artist who lived from 1874 to 1944. Through the writing, the author Pat Wahler explores the social context of the time period documenting how O’Neill forged her incredibly successful career at a time when women were still fighting for fundamental liberties like the right to vote. 

The writing itself is easy to read, and Rose’s story is instantly absorbing. I particularly enjoyed how the book brought to life the bohemian artistic community Rose inhabits. It is full of colorful characters living a life full of artistic spirit and exploration.   The appealing thing about historical fiction is that it allows the reader to enter the world of the character it is exploring. The Rose of Washington Square is very effective at bringing Rose’s world to light.   

Rose’s development as both an artist and a woman from a young age makes for a fascinating subject matter. Her relationships and the unique dynamic of her family in a more traditional time are a pleasure to read and learn about. She is the breadwinner for her family and supports many artist friends, and is incredibly generous with her financial success. In terms of romantic relationships, the book demonstrates Rose’s ability to take control of her own destiny and does a great job of capturing Rose’s headstrong and determined personality. She is a woman in charge of her own life and passions.  

The Rose of Washington Square is a fascinating historical and women’s fiction work. Readers will find the writing style to be conversational and easy to follow, with engaging facts mixed into the story. It was a pleasure to be introduced to and learn about the life and work of its central protagonist O’Neill. I would readily recommend this book to other readers. 

Pages: 375 | ASIN : B0BSSFDK9Q

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