The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
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This new deluxe eBook edition features more than eighty additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text, which contain new illustrations and photographs, to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as supplemental material after finishing the entire story. There is also Random House Reader’s Circle bonus content, which is sure to inspire discussion at book clubs everywhere.
 
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florence palazzo. A child of the Renaissance with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the artist’s abilities.
 
But Alessandra’s parents have made plans for their daughter, and she is soon married off to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, the reign of the Medicis, with their love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, is being threatened by the hellfire preaching and increasing brutality of the fundamentalist monk Savonarola and his reactionary followers. As the city shudders with violence and change, Alessandra must find her own way—and finally explore the passions she’s kept so long at bay.
 
“Simply amazing, so brilliantly written . . . almost intolerably exciting at times, and at others, equally poignant.”—Antonia Fraser
 
“A broad mural bursting with color, passion, and intrigue.”—People
 

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 January 1, 2003 by Little,Brown. 352 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When sometime private eye Hannah Wolfe is hired to track down Carolyn Hamilton, a missing ballet dancer, it doesn't take her long to find discrepancies between Carolyn's innocuous postcards to her guardian and her disappearance from London months ago.

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Then, as the Dominican Taliban starts to squeeze the life from the Florentine Republic, Alessandra finds her way back to the family chapel and the very needy young genius.

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The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant Little, Brown £12.99, pp320 As soon as I finished this book I wanted to go straight back and read it all over again.

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The Guardian

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The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant 412pp, Little, Brown, £12.99 Genre writing has provided fertile ground for feminist fiction.

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Everywhere she turns she sees youngsters, parents and those who want badly to become parents, and all of seem germane to her nicely resolved case and her awareness that the snooze button on her own biological clock isn't working as it used to.

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With time and means at her disposal, Alessandra revisits her infatuation with the enigmatic artist who is still working on her family's chapel.

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Book Reporter

And in her marriage, Alessandra finds devastating --- and potentially dangerous --- secrets, along with the surprising freedom to pursue her art and her attraction to the painter.

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USA Today

Although awkward in body and unfeminine in her behavior, Alessandra possesses the brilliant mind of a scholar, which explains the sophistication of her writing.Her effortless ability to grasp intellectual concepts also explains the lethal tension between Alessandra and her older siblings, two bro...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jeffrey Ann Goudie NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars " I have the sense that Dunant is having a bit of fun with the conventions of these historical romances, and that Alessandra Cecchi offers something of an antidote to more simplistic views of the past."

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Birmingham Public Library

But I believe in the power of love and beauty as an alternative route to God and redemption.” Fine details and rich characterization reward the attention of the reader who maneuvers with Alessandra through Florence’s narrow streets, the chambers of her wool merchant father’s palazzo and the shift...

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo.

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