The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace
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An enchantingly imagined romance inspired by the true story of the typewriter's invention.

Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancé believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness erases Carolina's world, she discovers one place where she can still see-in her dreams-yet she remains isolated from the outside world. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both their lives forever.


 

About Carey Wallace

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CAREY WALLACE grew up in small towns in Michigan. She has worked as a waitress, art studio manager, private biographer, and lady's maid to an automotive heiress. The founder of The Hillbilly Underground—a retreat that draws international artists to rural Michigan—she lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first novel
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An absent-minded tinkerer stuck in a marriage of convenience to a local coquette, he watches helplessly as Carolina comes of age and catches the eye of charismatic Pietro, a popular ladies’ man with considerable property of his own.

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If it were not for Pellegrino Turri’s gadget, designed to help the Contessa Fantoni write letters, their story would have been long forgotten, and gifted author Carey Wallace likely never would have thought to write about it.

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