April 13, 2010
April 13, 2010
Condemned by sixteenth-century demands for lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an illicit love affair and confined in an Italian convent, a situation against which she passionately rebels and reminds the convent's doctor of her own unhappy early years.
In 17th-century Italy, half of noble-born women are forced to become nuns to avoid the steep cost of marriage dowries. Serefina, a tempestuous 16-year-old girl with a rapturous singing voice, has been sent to the Santa Caterina convent to end her romance with a young musician. The convent's dispensary mistress, Sister Suora Zuana, is given the task of calming the girl and easing her into the life of the convent, but Serefina will have none of it: she is determined to escape back to the arms of her lover. Both women are wonderfully complex characters, and Sarah Durant evokes their passions and philosophies as vividly as she does the cultural customs of the nunnery.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Historical Fiction
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Historical Fiction, Religion + Beliefs
- Publisher: Random House, Inc.
- Pages: 426
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: April 13, 2010
- Author: Sarah Dunant
- Online Item #: 12029895
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0792
- ISBN: 9780812974058
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported