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Tea with Sister Anna: a Paris journal
Published by Golden Apple Press 2005

“Susan Harvey's "Tea with Sister Anna" is one of those rare, remarkable adventures in reading — a true story wonderfully written and begging for attention, all because of the richness of character. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in the discovery of Sister Anna.”

Terry Kay, author
“To Dance with the White Dog”

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When artist Susan Gilbert Harvey opens her great-aunt’s steamer trunk, she discovers a kindred spirit. Anna McNulty Lester (1862-1900) taught art in women’s colleges in Georgia and Virginia. In 1898 she was alone in Paris, drawing from life in famous studios while medicating her chronic cough.

Susan goes to Paris in 1998 to find Anna’s pensions and studios and to relive her own college year abroad. Paris is a catalyst for transformation, whether one is a nineteenth-century painter, a nineteen-year-old student on Hollins Abroad, or an adventurous sixty-one-year-old sculptor.

In this work of creative nonfiction, Susan Gilbert Harvey interlaces the lives of two women in two centuries. Letters and mementos form a layered portrait of two independent artists in transition.

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Check out
the summers of '98
(a prequel to Tea with Sister Anna)

“I have appreciated and admired every page and word of "Tea with Sister Anna." It is fine. What a wonderful way you solved the two stories--yours and hers--into one luminous memoir.”

Mary Hood, author
"Familiar Heat"


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