The Art of Rebellion
by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future—marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion.
When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?
Brenda Joyce Leahy loves books, dogs, family, friendship, tea, golf, hiking, skiing, long walks, writing and Paris-not necessarily in that order. She lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta.
Young Adult Historical
Themes: Feminism, courage, coming of age
Softcover: $15.99, ISBN 99780994839985
Ebook: $9.99, ISBN 9780994839992
"A girl in the big city is bound to run into trouble and Gabbi does just that. From losing her money to a young woman who befriends her, to discovering the great art at the Louvre, to encountering a charming and mysterious young man, Gabbi meets danger with aplomb and wit. This charming book of manners (think of a French Jane Austen) is entertaining, well-written and surprising. A delightful read." ~ Historical Novel Society
“I came to love the central character [in the Art of Rebellion], a dedicated painter in a world not quite ready to accept women artists, a naïf at risk of being swept up by the demi-monde of fin-de-siècle Paris, but determined to make her way and leave her mark.” ~Tim Wynne-Jones, award winning author of literature for children, young adults and adults
“Brenda … does a brilliant job of drawing readers into a textured, authentic world of art and culture during a time when women chafing under the dominance of men in society fought for change, fairness, and freedom. In The Art of Rebellion, sixteen-year-old Gabbi, artistic, passionate, and headstrong, refuses to have her life bartered away in an arranged marriage to an older man, and recklessly travels to Paris to stay with the family’s black sheep, her Grand’Mere. However, pursuing her dream of becoming an artist and finding her missing activist grandmother exposes Gabby to the ugly and dangerous side of a modern world. But in the midst of repression, sexism, and betrayal, she also discovers friendship, support, and something she never expected—the possibility of love.” ~Angela Ackerman, bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus
"It was definitely unputdownable and devoured wholeheartedly with absolute joy ... thank you Ms. Leahy. You have written such an incredible novel ..."
~Jorie, from the blog, Jorie Loves a Story.