Miss Garnet's Angel

Miss Garnet's Angel

Book - 2000
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After the death of her longtime friend and flatmate, retired British history teacher Julia Garnet does something completely out of character: She takes a six-month rental on a modest appartamentoin Venice. An atheist, a Communist, and a virgin, Julia finds herself falling beneath the seductive spell of the city's intoxicating beauty and sensual religiosity. She befriends a young Italian boy and English twins who are restoring a fourteenth-century chapel. And she falls in love for the first time in her life with an art dealer named Carlo. Juxtaposing Julia's journey of self-discovery with the apocryphal tale of Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Miss Garnet's Angeltells a lyrical, incandescent story of love, loss, miracles, and redemption . . . and of one woman's transformation and epiphany. Already a bestseller in England, it is "novel-writing at its finest and most eloquent . . . splendid . . . the sort of book that effortlessly, like angels, or sunlight on Venice's rippling waterways, casts brightness and beauty into those private and most shadowed recesses of the human heart" (The Christian Science Monitor). "Vickers has taken myth, religion, and secular humanism, and turned them into substantial life-affirming fiction." (The Philadelphia Inquirer) "A refreshing, gentle story." (Anita Brookner)
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2000.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780006514213
0006514219
Branch Call Number: FICTION VIC
Characteristics: 342 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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Nov 08, 2012

Very much enjoyed this story of transformation. Beautifully written, needing careful reading. When I'd finished had to gen up on Venice (I was sadly ignorant about where this amazing place actually is). Am looking forward to reading more of Salley Vickers.

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