When Edgar Degas visits his French Creole relatives in New Orleans from 1872 to '73, Estelle, his cousin and sister-in-law, encourages the artist--who has not yet achieved recognition and struggles to find inspiration--to paint portraits of their family members.

In 1970, Anne Gautier, a young artist, finds connections between her ancestors and Degas while renovating the New Orleans house she has inherited. When Anne finds two identical portraits of Estelle, she discovers disturbing truths that change her life as she searches for meaningful artistic expression--just as Degas did one hundred years earlier.

A gripping historical novel told by two women living a century apart, Estelle combines mystery, family saga, art, and romance in its exploration of the man Degas was before he became the artist famous around the world today.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
Publish Date
August 25, 2020
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Linda Stewart Henley is an English-born American who moved to the United States at sixteen. She is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans. She currently lives with her husband in Anacortes, Washington. This is her first novel.


"Interweaving a contemporary story with a rich and detailed glimpse into a little-known segment of famed French painter Edgar Degas's life, Linda Stewart Henley invites readers into the intriguing art world of New Orleans through interlocking storylines set a century apart. An admirable debut!" --Ashley E. Sweeney, award-winning author of Eliza Waite "Edgar Degas and Sam Mollineux are seductive, brilliant, and fiendishly evasive. In this powerful historical novel, both men leave many beautiful dreamers in their wake--including themselves."
--Thomas West, PhD, former Professor, University of Paris-Nanterre, and former chief editor, Art International

"Linda Stewart Henley does a beautiful job re-imagining Degas's trip to America and cleverly weaves it with Anne Gautier's story as it unfolds a hundred years later. Estelle is a colorful, intriguing page-turner that keeps the reader guessing right up until the very end!"
--Michelle Cox, multiple award-winning author of the Henrietta Inspector Howard series

"Replete with meticulously researched details, sympathetic characters, and two equally captivating storylines, the book will keep readers guessing until its conclusion. For anyone with even so much as a passing interest in art of history, this book is a gem!" --Jacqueline Friedland, award-winning author of Trouble the Water and That's Not a Thing