with Sister Anna: a
Published by Golden Apple
Montparnasse bookstore of Francois Roulmann
displays Harvey's book during
walking tour, September 2005
What people are saying about the book:
"Sister Anna’s letters paint a wonderful picture of fin-de-siècle Paris, and Susan Harvey’s story is a paean not just to the eternal enchantment of Paris, but also to the creative spirit and the women who possess it."
"It is a beautiful work beautifully realized."
"I'm at last able to stretch out on my patio in southern Germany on an afternoon of rare sunlight on the Swabian Alb, and have opened your book like a box of fine pralines, full of anticipation and the sure knowledge that I have made an excellent purchase!"
I just finished reading your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your writing is superb and the story was riveting. I now feel that I knew Anna personally.
This book is a comfortable read, a journey
to take in an armchair by the fire on a rainy, cool afternoon--with
a cup of tea, of course.
"I rejoice that you have committed this life to pages for people like me to weep over for generations to come!"
Underlying the ever-present sadness
of her [Anna's]illness was an old worldly charm and spiritual
happiness, which was a pleasure to share.
Susan Gilbert Harvey is fortunate to
have had an amazing and inspiring woman in her family, her
grandmother's sister Anna, who lived the life of an artist
in Paris in the late 1800s. Not only was it highly unusual
for Anna to be abroad, toute seule, but she was in Paris at
a time of great artistic ferment. Yet Anna's story is just
one told in this unique book: Harvey's reflections on her
own life as an artist and on her experiences in Paris are
in fact more engaging. As Harvey explores clues about Anna's
life in various quartiers, you feel you are at her side and
are just as excited as she is when her quest ends, on a happy
and conclusive note. Harvey is that rare traveler who is curious
about street names, paintings, buildings old books, language...everything
interests her, which is of course what Paris does to a person.
I'm loving this book. I was truly compelled
to know it all. I was right there with you! I know your book
on CD would be a hit. I can already hear you saying those
I am reading it in little increments
to prolong the pleasure and will go back to read as a whole,
and finding it amusing and instructive.
By weaving together the three visits
to Paris, you've given the story strength and depth. Altogether
we are chuffed to have your book and hugely enjoyed reading
I am absolutely loving your book. I'm sandwiching in a few pages here and there, and actually made myself extra late to work this morning reading it. Couldn't bear to (but did) put le livre down.
Your book is not only charming--but
enlightening and I enjoyed every delightful page.
I am leaving a sink full of dishes and
unpacked suitcases to go be with you and Sister Anna.
I now realize what a difficult assignment
you gave to yourself in trying to braid together several stories--very
tricky, but you did it beautifully! Almost none of us could
have told our story with the insight, mystery, and lovely
turn of phrase that Susan Harvey has in her soul.
It was wonderful--I simply could not
put it down!
Great, Great, Great! Great is your
book and I very much like to have another copy when you are
in Paris. I just begin to show it to people in the neighborough
and they like it very much for the past and "present" history.
I did, indeed, BINGE your beautiful
book, finishing Sat PM. I must now read it again, this time
I chewed every word. You transported
me and gave me great joy. Didn't want to finish.
Your book is terrific! A wonderful
story, beautifully told.
I'm bouncing off the walls. The book
arrived yesterday. After supper, I cracked it open and couldn't
put it down. It's wonderful. I'm struggling against myself
to be patient and savor.
I am loving your book! It is
lovely to hold, great paper, wonderful illustrations and really
good language. The time shifts are fascinating
Well, it is clear you have done your scholarly
research, but what makes it a page turner is that you make
the reader want to read on to find out about Anna and you
and Paris, too, and Rome. I am delighted every time you or
Anna describe a meal or the weather--this charms me, as well
as the quick studies of people
Almost finished. Stayed up reading as late
as I could last night. Your build-up, organization, connections
are fabulous. Brilliant the way you unfolded the relationship
La vie de votre tante va nous rappeler
des souvenirs de jeunesse, à Montparnasse et au quartier
Latin. Nos felicitations à l'écrivain!
I wallowed in it.
Anna's return to Rome and her too soon
death could be looked on as simply tragic, but at least she
went; at least she tried; at least she risked. So many of
us never do.
J'ai apprécié votre humour
et l'histoire de votre grande-tante Anna m'a beaucoup touchée.
Over the holidays, I savored Tea with Sister Anna by Susan Harvey. It was seductive! Susan writes exquisitely, weaving her own girlhood letters from Paris into the book, as well as her personal adventures and reflections on her outrageous, feminist art performances in the past. The result is an intimate relationship between two relatives, one living and one deceased, that you can't put down. Women who read this book feel awakened to their own dreams of making a mecca to discover their souls or find a personal mentor in a deceased relative. I can tell you that it awakened something in me that I never want to lose. You will grieve when you finish, yearning for more pages!
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