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The Scribe of Siena: A Novel Paperback – January 2, 2018
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“Winawer’s debut is a detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love….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 Beatrice's whip-smart, observant, often sarcastic voice. Supporting characters in both eras—Ben's 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 Beatrice's deep love for both her centuries and her heartfelt struggle to decide where she belongs.” -- Shelf Awareness
“The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“A stunning work of historical fiction, Melodie Winawer's debut novel [is a] story of love, science, politics, and time-travel is worth every last word.” -- Bustle
“In Melodie Winawer’s The Scribe of Siena, neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato finds herself mysteriously transported to 14th-century Italy. There she uncovers a plot to destroy the city of Siena. With the Black Plague on its way to ravage Europe, will she make it out in time? And does she want to? After all, she’s fallen in love with medieval life—and a handsome painter. Like Outlander with an Italian accent.” -- Real Simple
“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
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery Books; Reprint edition (January 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501152262
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501152269
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through watching how Beatrice is with her patients, readers can immediately like her and care what happens to her. That feeling is further cemented when Winawer tells us of the wonderful relationship she had with her brother. And when she suddenly finds herself in Siena, she doesn't blend seamlessly into the woodwork. No, she gets in trouble for the way she's dressed (she doesn't have the right undergarments for the dress she stole from some poor woman's laundry basket). But she does get a break or two so she can scout around and try to figure out how to get back to the right time period.
Winawer brings medieval Siena to life while she roused my interest in a couple of things. Why was Siena so much harder hit by the Plague than all the other cities in Italy? Was there really an inter-city rivalry between Siena and Florence? That's one of the best things about well-written time travel books: they can jumpstart your curiosity and have you learning all sorts of things.
Earlier, I mentioned finding a couple of problems with The Scribe of Siena. One was that I thought the storyline could've used a slightly larger injection of the Plague to increase tension and suspense. The second was that the book seemed to run out of gas in the last hundred pages. However, this is a debut novel and an extremely enjoyable one at that. Melodie Winawer is an author to watch.
However, I never felt/saw/smelled the middle ages. Granted, the heroine, because she could write, was associating with the upper crust. But she had to walk through the streets. She traveled. The milieu never came alive. There were a lot of lists of what was in a shop or in a room, but never in context of how the heroine felt about those things. The opening chapters that described her as surgeon jumped right off the page, so I was disappointed when we moved to the past.
The other oddity was how at home the woman felt there. Okay, she had studied medieval history, but I expected her to be more surprised. More "gob smacked" :-) The difference in culture and ease of life, not to mention techical capability, would seem to be confounding. She was more like, okay, I can fit in and ooohh, that painter is cute...
Still, I read to the end and will say the book was fun. Too bad I hoped for much more.
Touchstone Books, May 2017 ISBN 9781501152252
Time travel, suspense, history, political intrigue, murder and romance; The Scribe of Siena has something for every reader.
Transported back to the past and trapped in the Middle Ages, New York surgeon, Beatrice Trovato, is hard pressed to navigate the arteries of Siena, Italy…on the verge of the plague.
And a newly developed empathic power gives her more information than she knows what to do with, forcing her to seek answers beyond her normal world of intellect and science.
But more than that, The Scribe of Siena is a search for identity and belonging.
So many people today are searching for their roots via DNA, Ancestry, and Genealogy sites, and are thrilled when they discover a part of themselves that they never knew. Visiting an ancestral country and wearing ethnic clothing often follow.
Like the true surgeon she is, Melodie Winawer takes her character further and deeper. Beatrice’s real journey is out of the brain and into her heart, where she discovers that love is a power that transcends time and space. Now she must decide whether she belongs in the uncertainty and danger of Middle Age Siena, or back with her friends and lucrative medical practice in New York City.
Beatrice’s last name, Trovato, which means “found” should give you a clue of how things turn out. But the actual story, you’ll have to read for yourself.
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I especially live the vivid descriptions of 14th century Siemens life. This may be a work of fiction but I have learned much.
Overall, highly recommend. A must read for historical fiction lovers