I read much of this novel on two long train journeys, and became completely absorbed in it. I knew nothing about how Degas had worked, or about bronze-casting, and very little about the whole world of the story, and I found it fascinating. Juliette is a lovely, sympathetic character whose arrival in the household of the bronze-caster Didier and his family brings about change for them and a new sense of joy and meaning to her own life.
Although often concerned with thoughts and memories rather than dramatic action, the novel is lively, arranged in short sections that are full of vivid imagery. I found it easy to read and compelling. A few secrets are gradually revealed, and these contribute to a low-key but satisfying ending.