Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss

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When seventeen-year-old Giulia, the orphaned, illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, learns she’s to be packed off to a life behind convent walls, she begs an astrologer-sorcerer for a talisman that will secure what she’s certain is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs. But does she really know the compass of her heart? The convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises, including a workshop of nuns who are creating paintings of astonishing beauty using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion Blue. As Giulia’s own artistic self is awakened she’s torn: should she follow the young man who promises to help her escape? Or stay and satisfy her growing desire to paint?

This richly imagined novel of a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into the fascinating world of Renaissance Italy where love and faith and art inspire passion—of many different hues.

Passion Blue is a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012


About Victoria Strauss

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Victoria Strausss previous books include The Arm of the Stone. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Published November 6, 2012 by Skyscape. 352 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I can remember going to an exhibit where they showed the process of cleaning and restoring a Renaissance painting, and they showed all this stuff that was underneath the paint.

Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Passion Blue

A Patchwork of Books

He is the author of Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing, Writing Without Teachers, Writing With Power, Embracing Contraries, and Everyone Can Write.

Dec 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Passion Blue

A Patchwork of Books

I’ve got all of later today and tomorrow and the rest of my life to work up a healthy froth over not knowing how the heck I’m going to turn anyof this flotsam into a book or that the flashlight in the “emergency drawer” doesn’t work.

Apr 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Passion Blue

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