Anything But Yes: A Novel of Anna del Monte, Jewish Citizen of Rome, 1749

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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Joie Davidow is the author of several books, including a memoir, Marked for Life; the nonfiction Infusions of Healing; a novel, An Unofficial Marriage: A Novel about Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev; and, with Esmeralda Santiago, the editor of short-story anthologies Las Mamis and Las Christmas. In her career as a journalist, Davidow was the founder and editor of two award-winning magazines--L.A. Style and--and a cofounder and editor of L.A. Weekly newspaper. She lives in Umbria, Italy.
"In this beautifully written and meticulously researched novel, Joie Davidow lifts the curtain on Ghetto life in Papal Italy and the centuries-long effort of the Catholic Church to convert Jews to the 'one true religion.' The plight of Anna Del Monte illustrates the determination of the Church to baptize Jews, willingly or not, and the courage and resilience of the Jews, who were equally determined to maintain their culture and religion." - Carolyn Valone, Professor Emerita, Trinity College"A compelling account of the intersection of sincere faith and abusive political power."--Mary Doria Russell, Author of The Sparrow and A Thread of Grace"Anna is an engaging protagonist, authentic to her time and circumstances but also comprehensible to the modern reader...The authorial voice recalls 18th-century literary style and Davidow's incorporation of significant historical detail further brings Anna's world to life." --Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Joie Davidow's An Unofficial Marriage: A Novel about Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev: "Readers will be swept along . . . Davidow writes beautifully about the artistic vision and technical demands involved in singing opera. The varied settings feel exquisitely vibrant, from chic, restful Baden-Baden, in Germany's Black Forest, to politically fraught Paris during France's Second Republic."--Booklist"Lyrical and dramatic, like the best operas, Joie Davidow's AN UNOFFICIAL MARRIAGE guides us on an emotional journey against the backdrop of stormy historical events. Brava!" --Esmeralda Santiago, bestselling author of Conquistadora and When I Was Puerto Rican"In prose as tender as Turgenev's feelings for the legendary diva, Davidow weaves a nineteenth century tale of helpless obsession and undaunted love." -- Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair"A tale of culture and passion, a trove of delights for lovers of literature and opera, and an eye-opener for everyone who'd like to learn more about both." --Judith Dupréeacute;, NYT best seller author of Churches, Skyscrapers, and One World Trade Center"Reading this expansive, intimate book during a time of crisis is like emerging from a sensory deprivation tank. The sights, sounds, scents, and, oh, the touches, in Joie Davidow's novel about Ivan Turgenev's furtive love affair with international opera diva Pauline Viardot create a world so vivid and seductive, you'll never want to leave." --Cathleen Medwick, author of Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul "How fascinating to get a glimpse into the private life of Turgenev and the even more intriguing Pauline Viardot, proclaimed by many of her contemporaries to be a musical genius. Joie Davidow is herself an opera singer and the portrayal of Viardot's passion for her vocal instrument, her preparations for performance, and her sadness when, with age, her singing voice begins to lose its power and precision, all feel extremely authentic."--Jane Harris, award-winning author of Sugar Money