Seems like I have been following a trend lately. Read a nonfiction book on a topic, read a fiction book on the same topic. I picked this one up at a Border's that was closing when I read the back of it and saw it was about Impressionist painters among other topics. I saw Elizabeth Kostova speak a few years ago when her first book, "The Historian", was being released. She was an interesting speaker but I never read the first book but have heard it's pretty good.
This would be a good book to give as a gift to someone who liked "The Da Vinci Code" or "Time Traveler's Wife" or who likes historical fiction/romance. I think they would enjoy the various narrators and details. Let's just say for me it filled some time on a long flight.
More about that tomorrow! My own cliffhanger.