The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan What a fascinating book! I wasn't sure when I started it if I could really get into it because it is sort of slow at the beginning But once you get past halfway, things take a turn and really start chugging along like that of a roller coaster! I didn't know till about 20 pages from the end that this was based on two real-life girls! I do recommend if you're not familiar with Degas's work that you visit the author's website ( for the actual pictures mentioned in the book. The last chapter of the book is rather interesting as it ties up loose ends but is slightly frustrating because the author tells you Marie has two children but they never say specifically who the father is... it is hinted that it's the baker's son from across the street but never explicitly said that I read. But this book is a great read!