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WAM Reading Group for Members

WAM Reading Group for Members

Join our newly established, interactive reading group for members and staff of the Worcester Art Museum! Each month, we will select one book (fiction or nonfiction) related to any aspect of visual arts to read and discuss together.

  • Weekly discussions will take place through a private Facebook group.
  • At the conclusion of the book, the Reading Group will meet live (via Zoom) for a final discussion.

Participation in the Facebook group discussions is optional, as is the final Zoom meeting. Participate in as much of the group as you wish!

To join the group, email Rebecca at

I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira

We will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, August 25th at 5:30pm for a discussion.

“I Always Loved You” book cover

“Oliveira follows her best-selling historical fiction debut, My Name Is Mary Sutter (2010), with a novel based on the life of the ‘formidable’ American painter Mary Cassatt. Cassatt insists on living in Paris among the impressionists, so her concerned parents and loving sister join her there and are soon baffled by Cassatt's tempestuous interactions with her mercurial mentor, Edgar Degas. The true nature of their relationship remains open to interpretation, an opportunity Oliveira seizes with passionate and electrifying empathy for both artists. As she vividly renders 1870s Paris and its gossipy enclave of radical artists, including the painfully entangled Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet (who is suffering horribly from syphilis), Oliveira contrasts irascible Degas and his freedom to go anywhere his omnivorous eye leads him (even as his eyesight fails) and steely Cassatt, who as a woman is forced to find inspiration in domesticity, painting incisive portraits of mothers and children as she forgoes marriage and motherhood. Emulating the powers of observation and expression possessed by the artists she so vividly and sensitively fictionalizes, Oliveira illuminates with piercing insight the churning psyches of her living-on-the-edge characters. This is a historically and aesthetically rich, complexly involving, and forthrightly sorrowful novel of the perilous, exhilarating, and world-changing lives of visionary artists breaking new ground and each other's hearts.” — Donna Seaman, Booklist. Dec 15, 2013, Vol. 110(8).