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Waking Raphael: A Novel, Forbes, Leslie

Waking Raphael: A Novel

Authors: Forbes, Leslie
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC030000, FIC051000, FIC031010
ISBN: 9780553901818, Related ISBNs: 0553382810, 0553383418, 0553901818, 9780553382815, 9780553383416
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 448
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: La Muta, "the mute woman." Amidst a country rocked by scandal and corruption, inhabitants of the idyllic city of Urbino, Italy, birthplace of Raphael, are more concerned with a sudden outbreak of miracles than with politics. But what unspeakable secret lies hidden in Raphael's enigmatic painting? Its restoration will drive a living mute to a shocking act of violence and spark an investigation into a nearly forgotten war crime and a series of events that will shatter the silence gripping this community forever.

Both a mesmerizing thriller and a passionate exploration of the power of truth to effect reconciliation and restore faith, Waking Raphael spins a tantalizing web of silence and lies to recreate an Italy where the romantic and the violent, the comic and the tragic, are spellbindingly interwoven.

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