By Barbara Quick
Alessandra is desirous to escape.
Desperate to flee her stepmother, who's locked her away for a 12 months; to flee the cloister that awaits her and the wedding plans which were made for her; to flee the expectancies that restrict her and each different lady in fourteenth-century Italy. There's no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her willing intelligence and unconventional ideas.
In defiant pursuit of her goals, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled in simple terms by means of the risks she faces. Disguised and on my own in a urban of spies and students, Alessandra will discover a love she couldn't foresee -- and an everlasting fame.
In this beautiful imagining of the centuries-old tale of Alessandra Giliani, the world's first girl anatomist, acclaimed novelist Barbara fast provides readers the drama, romance, and wealthy ancient element for which she is called she shines a mild on an unforgotten -- and unforgettable -- heroine.
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I glance at Lucille and Dina, their heads thrown back and giant smiles stretched across their faces, and I realize that they don’t give a hoot about their stage presence. They’re singing because they want to be part of the music, nothing more complicated than that. 54 big time * * * After supper I sit down with my parents to watch the special two-hour season premiere of Big Time. The first episode of every season is always focused on auditions. They spend a few minutes on each of the ten audition cities; first they show the big crowds lined up to try out, and then some clips from the audition highlights.
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A Golden Web by Barbara Quick