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Innocence Fitzgerald, Penelope 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0395908728
ISBN-13: 9780395908723
Sku: 30372442
Publish Date: 9/1/1998
Pages:  224
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Beautiful Chiara is smitten by the brilliant but penniless doctor Salvatore. Desiring the unwilling Salvatore as a future husband, she engages in a series of comic attempts to land her object of affection, only to create a greater chasm between the star-crossed would-be lovers.
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Beautiful Chiara is the last of the Ridolfi, a Florentine family of long lineage and eccentric habits. She is smitten with Salvatore, a brilliant but penniless doctor, a rational man who wants nothing to do with romance. This is the story of how these two--with the best intentions, the kindest of instincts, and the most meddlesome of friends--make each other wonderfully miserable inside.
Beautiful Chiara, in love with the brilliant but aloof Salvatore, asks her worldly English schoolfriend Barney to help her, and becomes entangled in a web of good intentions and massive misunderstandings
A 16th-century tale and a modern one converge in this novel, set in Italy, about a midget noblewoman from the past, and a woman who falls in love with a doctor in the 1950s.
Author Bio
Penelope Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald's father was the editor of Punch, and she grew up in a lively, distinguished, and highly literary household. She received first-class honors at Oxford in 1939, was married in 1941, and had three children. She and her improvident, intermittently alcoholic husband lived in a succession of places that included an oyster warehouse, a seaside artists' colony, a houseboat on the Thames (which sank), and public housing. Over the course of 30 years, she held a variety of undistinguished jobs while she was raising her children, including one "carrying records about" at the BBC. As one of her daughters put it, "Many of the instances in her books are about people managing and coping and making do, and that comes from her own life." Fitzgerald wrote biographies, but she was most celebrated for her short, demanding, increasingly spare, and often autobiographical novels, which she did not begin publishing until she was 60. She began writing only when her own writer-father was dead and her husband was dying of cancer; she wrote, she said, "to divert him." Her 1980 novel, OFFSHORE, won the Booker Prize. Fitzgerald died at the age of 83, with her career in full bloom.


Threepenny Review
"What is remarkable about this the completeness of its Italianness, political, religious, moral, and physical....It is an exquisite mosaic, where every tiny piece is part of an intrigue and a world....Horrible tragedy is possible, and farce is omnipresent, both belied by the light, decorous storytelling." - A. S. Byatt Spring 1998

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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