The Marchesa

The Marchesa

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Baker & Taylor
When Constanza Safamita inherits her father's fortune, to the rest of the family's astonishment, she must deal with the pressures of marriage and being a landowner while learning to navigate Sicilian high society as the monarchy collapses.

McMillan Palgrave
A richly evocative tale of a woman's struggle for life and love
 
A triumphant follow-up to Simonetta Agnello Hornby’s internationally
acclaimed The Almond Picker, this entertaining new novel is an intricate family saga interwoven with violent passions, cruelty, deceit, and the abuse of power. The Marchesa is an eyeopening historical drama about a remarkable woman and her extraordinary family, and the complex, often abusive relations that mark the lives of master and servant, brother and sister, husband and wife.

Costanza Safamita, beloved daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita, is a precious but unusual child. Redhaired, gawky, and shy, she is considered an outsider by many on the family estate, but her adoring father makes her sole heir to the Safamita fortune, and then everything changes—for them and for her. Now she must conquer glittering, alien Palermo—where, uncertain of her future, she falls in love with a charming, dissolute young marchese whose sexual appetite she fears she cannot satiate.

The Marchesa’s brave, unusual story offers an unprecedented woman’s perspective on the incestuous hypocrisy of the Sicilian aristocracy during a dramatic time in its history, as the Bourbon monarchy collapsed, the Mafia rose to power, and Palermo’s decadent aristocracy began its inevitable decline. These themes are flawlessly woven into the fabric of Costanza’s triumphant life, so that The Marchesa becomes not only an unforgettable human tale but a masterly fresco of a vanished world.


Blackwell North Amer
The Marchesa is an historical drama about a remarkable woman and her extraordinary family, and the complex, often abusive relations that mark the lives of master and servant, brother and sister, husband and wife.
Costanza Safamita, beloved daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita, is a precious but unusual child. Redhaired, gawky, and shy, she is considered an outsider by many on the family estate, but her adoring father makes her sole heir to the Safamita fortune, and then everything changes - for them and for her. Now she must conquer glittering, alien Palermo - where, uncertain of her future, she falls in love with a charming, dissolute young marchese whose sexual appetite she fears she cannot satiate.
The Marchesa's brave, unusual story offers an unprecedented woman's perspective on the incestuous hypocrisy of the Sicilian aristocracy during a dramatic time in its history, as the Bourbon monarchy collapsed, the Mafia rose to power, and Palermo's decadent aristocracy began its inevitable decline. These themes are woven into the fabric of Costanza's triumphant life, so that The Marchesa becomes not only an unforgettable human tale but a masterly fresco of a vanished world.

Baker
& Taylor

The beloved child of Baron Domenico Safamita, Costanza Safamita becomes her father's sole heir and is forced to take on the glittering society of Palermo, where she falls in love with charming but dissolute young marchese, in a novel set against the backdrop of the collapse of the Bourbon dynasty and the rise to power of the Mafia. By the author of The Almond Picker. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 326 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780374182458
0374182450
Branch Call Number: Agne
Additional Contributors: McEwen, Alastair.

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