Monday, May 01, 2017

What is Alyssa Palombo reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli.

The first book she tagged:
Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister: This is a historical novel I was absolutely dying to read since I first heard of it, and it has not disappointed. It tells the story of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective, and the challenges, triumphs, and prejudices she faces throughout her career. This is a sharply written and well-researched historical novel that...[read on]
About The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, from the publisher:
A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.
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