Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
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BONUS: This edition contains a Sacred Hearts discussion guide.

The year is 1570, and a new novice has just been forced into the Italian convent of Santa Caterina. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteen-year-old Serafina is sharp and defiant. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, disorder and rebellion mount inside the convent, while beyond its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to impose a regime of oppression that threatens what little freedom the nuns have enjoyed. Acclaimed author Sarah Dunant brings the intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life in this rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship.
 

About Sarah Dunant

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SARAH DUNANT is the author of international bestsellers Sacred Hearts, The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan. Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions, and Mapping the Edge, all three of which are available as Random House Trade Paperbacks.

























Author Residence: London, England and Florence, Italy

























Author Hometown: London, England
 
Published June 21, 2009 by Random House. 450 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Reading Sarah Dunant's latest novel, set in the Italian Renaissance, one is forced to wonder whether Orwell might have had cloistered life in mind when he created the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Publishers Weekly

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Dunant (The Birth of Venus ) revisits 16th-century Italy, where the convents are filled with the daughters of noblemen who are unable or unwilling to pay a dowry to marry them off.

Jun 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Sacred Hearts: A Novel

Examiner

Fans of Sarah Dunant might not find "Sacred Hearts" quite as exciting as "The Birth of Venus" or "In the Company of the Courtesan," but what the novel lacks in action is made up for in the form of vivid details of convent life in 1570 Italy.

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The rare criticism of the writing is that there were a few times when the story was being told through one nun's eyes and then we stopped the time line and went back to the other nun and their point of view of the same event which was really unnecessary and disrupted the flow, but thankfully occu...

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Book Reporter

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The Globe and Mail

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Sarah Dunant's historical novel explores the plights of smart women forced into religious service

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The Washington Post

The wealthy suitor was accepted for her younger, more biddable sister, and the convent gates closed behind Serafina forever.

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The Telegraph

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Suite 101

Will is a loner and happy to be so but even he cannot fail to be touched and affected when weird kid, Marcus enters his life.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Sarah Dunant is the author of the internationally best-selling novels The Birth of Venus ( 4 of 5 Stars May/June 2004) and In the Company of the Courtesan ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection May/June 2006), among others.

Jul 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Sacred Hearts: A Novel

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