Katherine Ashenburg has written for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and other publications. Her books include The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, which was published in 12 countries and six languages. In former incarnations, she was a producer at CBC Radio and was the Globe and Mail‘s Arts and Books editor. Sofie & Cecilia is her first novel. Website: ashenburg.com.
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Reviews of Sofie & Cecilia:
- “Sofie studied painting at a time when marriage was expected to be a woman’s sole vocation; after she marries Nils, he brags that “his greatest achievement was stopping Sofie from painting” – In Quill & Quire
- “Its themes perhaps echo what many of us think about now that we are very definitely well into the second half of life” – In Parry Sound Book Review
Interviews and Articles:
- “Marriage was considered to be a woman’s aim in life and her role was to be a good wife and mother, but Sofie and Cecilia have greater aspirations — even as they act as helpmates to their famous husbands” – In CBC Radio
- “Almost 10 years ago, I went to Sweden to visit the house of the late-19th-century artist Carl Larsson, one of my favourite painters. I discovered that the idyllic home life he painted was more complicated than it appeared” – In FASHION Magazine
Sofie & Cecilia
Loosely based on the lives of celebrated artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, Sofie & Cecilia transports us behind both the public and domestic scenes — and canvasses — of these larger-than life men to reveal the lesser-known but equally astounding stories of the women who married them: restlessly creative artist-in-her-own-right Sofie Olsson and fiercely private and intelligent curator Cecilia Vogt. Sofie & Cecilia is a masterful reflection on friendship set against the turmoil of the early 20th century in Europe and the modern art revolution.