A Golden Web by Barbara Quick

By Barbara Quick

Alessandra is eager 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 woman 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 desires, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled in simple terms through the hazards 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 named she shines a mild on an unforgotten -- and unforgettable -- heroine.

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