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The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
The Forest Lover is Susan Vreeland's fictionalized account of the life of Canadian artist Emily Carr. She painted at a time where her native British Columbia was being industrialized and the Canadian government was actively trying to eradicate Indian cultures. Rebelling against the Victorian restrictions of the time, Emily Carr spent much of time in the forest trying to capture a way of life that was quickly disappearing. Her paintings paved the way for other modern women artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. The Forest Lover has received mostly positive reviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying, "Writing with insight and authority, Vreeland summons Carr from beyond the grave. The intimate connection between writer and subject deepens as the novel progresses, yet Vreeland's authorial tone is as quiet as an individual in a museum."