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The Scribe of Siena: A Novel Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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“Will remind historical fiction readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s The Girl with the Pearl Earring…Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“THE SCRIBE OF SIENA is one part historical mystery and one part love story with a captivating dose of art mixed in for good measure. If that weren't enough, it all comes together in that most evocative of settings: Siena, Italy. Winawer's smart debut is a joy to read! (Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters and The Race for Paris)
"A detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love... The vivid descriptions of the people, way of life, food, and other details of medieval Italy deepen the plot, making the book a truly immersive experience. The novel dramatically brings to life a period in Siena’s history that is still overwhelmingly neglected by historians...Winawer has created a prodigious, vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and invention." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *STARRED* REVIEW
“An engrossing historical epic. Winawer’s wide-ranging, romantic story moves apace, yet it has considerable meat on its structural bones, with plentiful details on fourteenth-century Sienese daily life, customs, art, and travel.” — BOOKLIST
“[A] vivid, compelling debut novel….Winawer renders her story in compelling detail, in Beatrices whip-smart, observant, often sarcastic voice. Supporting characters in both eras--Bens neighbor Donata in the present day the sharp-eyed nun Suor Umiltá in 1347 Gabriele and his family--are also vivid and endearing. The conspiracy is vital as a plot device, but the more resonant theme is Beatrices deep love for both her centuries and her heartfelt struggle to decide where she belongs.” —Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Melodie Winawer is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology, she has published forty-seven nonfiction articles and book chapters. She is fluent in Spanish and French, literate in Latin, and has a passable knowledge of Italian. Dr. Winawer lives with her spouse and their three young children in Brooklyn, New York. The Scribe of Siena is her first novel.
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