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Sacred Hearts: A Novel

Authors: Dunant, Sarah
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC026000
ISBN: 9781588369024, Related ISBNs: 0739325086, 0739325094, 0739326074, 0812974050, 1400063825
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 432,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: BONUS: This edition contains a Sacred Hearts discussion guide.

The year is 1570, and a new novice has just been forced into the Italian convent of Santa Caterina. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteen-year-old Serafina is sharp and defiant. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, disorder and rebellion mount inside the convent, while beyond its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to impose a regime of oppression that threatens what little freedom the nuns have enjoyed. Acclaimed author Sarah Dunant brings the intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life in this rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship.
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