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Bitter greens, Kate Forsyth

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Bitter greens
Title
Bitter greens
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Kate Forsyth
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Language
eng
Summary
Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sֵr Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens. After Margherita's father steals a handful of greens - parsley, wintercress and rapunzel - from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1513 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. Locked away in a tower, growing to womanhood, Margherita sings in the hope someone will hear her. One day, a young man does. Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love
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Banished from the court of Versailles by Louis XIV and confined to a convent, French novelist Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force finds an ally in Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the story of Margherita, a girl sold to a famous Venetian courtesan for a handful of bitter greens. As the elderly nun spins her fantastical tale, Charlotte-Rose discovers that her fate is inextricably tied to Margherita's. Based on the life of the writer whose fable "Persinette" inspired the fairy tale now known as "Rapunzel," this enchanting debut novel blends the storytelling traditions of 17th-century France and Renaissance Italy. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2014.
  • RUSA Reading List, 2015.
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10120434
Cataloging source
ANL
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Rapunzel
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1966-
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Forsyth, Kate
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Man-woman relationship
  • Australian fiction
  • Scandals
Target audience
adult
Label
Bitter greens, Kate Forsyth
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Publication
Control code
000047965600
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
554 p.
Isbn
9781741668452
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)759489026
Label
Bitter greens, Kate Forsyth
Publication
Control code
000047965600
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
554 p.
Isbn
9781741668452
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)759489026

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