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Picturing a World


The main thing I wanted to readers to feel with Jeanette and Effie when they landed in Dieppe was how foreign France looked and felt to them and how exciting. It also mattered to me to get the geography right. The tall houses facing the quay helped on both scores.

My characters would not have seen the market depicted by Pissarro in another painting, The Fair, Dieppe: Sunny Afternoon, but it conveys some of the energy and Frenchness that I hope comes through in the text.

For an 1878 photograph of the harbor, click here.

For a painting of Dieppe by Charles-François Daubigny, click here.

And on a personal note, happy birthday, Janet!
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