“How can I not like this, a novel about one of my favorite painters by one of my favorite writers? Like one of the master’s paintings, The Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet is universal in ambition, delicate in sensibility, and intimate in scope. In other words, this book is a miracle.”

~~Rabih Alameddine

Édouard Manet by Félix Bracquemond; Dragonfly by Édouard Manet. From The New York Public Library.