Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

Dark Shimmer
Donna Jo Napoli
Fiction N1628d

Dolce is a monster. A giant, a freak.

Dolce is a princess. She walks like royalty—until dark shimmers make her fall.

Dolce is a mamma. She has found her true family.

Dolce is beautiful. But beauty can’t hide the monster inside.

Dolce is the Wicked One.

Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl. Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in a lagoon. She is a giant, a freak, tormented by everyone but her loving mother. She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors. Following a tragedy, Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal, even beautiful. Marin, a kind widower, and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo. Eventually, Dolce and Marin marry. She secretly continues to make mirrors, not realizing that quicksilver endangers her . . . and so evil begins in innocence.

(from publisher)

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