The Venetian Mask

The Venetian Mask

Book - 1993
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Enduring friendships and long-held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth-century Venice. In 1775 Venice--known to outsiders as "the brothel of Europe"--the tradition of mask-wearing has allowed adultery and debauchery to flourish. But Marietta and Elena, two friends at the Ospedale della Pieta, a world-famous orphanage and music school for girls, know little of that milieu--until they come of age. Elena is forced to wed the head of the Celano clan, a jealous, brutal man, while Marietta marries Domenico Torrisi, whose family vendetta with the Celanos is centuries old. Tradition dictates that the friends should never speak again, but their bond is too strong to break. As the French Revolution unsettles all of Europe, Elena's husband frames Domenico and he becomes a political prisoner. Marietta and Elena plot to save him, and the women discover that Venetian masks have noble purposes, too--but will their efforts put their own lives at risk? Embodying the glitter and the treachery of the city it portrays, The Venetian Mask will keep you turning pages long into the night.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1993.
ISBN: 9780385421904
0385421907
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.

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May 15, 2014

Absolutely one of the best books I've read this year. Set in the 1700s in Venice, italy Romance, intrigue, mystery, drama....its all here. Loved it. Now I have to go and read all her others books.

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