The Marriage of Opposites

Hoffman, Alice “The Marriage of Opposites”

Set on the tropical island of St. Tropez in the early 1800’s, Rachel dreams of a life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of the small community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven Rachel for being such a difficult strong-willed child. In order to save her father’s business Rachel is married off to a rich widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly his nephew Frederick arrives from Paris to settle the estate. Rachel seizes the opportunity to begin a passionate love affair that starts a scandal that affects her family including her favorite son,  the artist Camille Pissarro, the Father of Impressionism.