The Sixteen Pleasures: A Novel

Soho Press
6
Free sample

A centuries-old book is found in Florence in this novel with “a sympathetic heroine, a suspenseful plot . . . and illuminating meditations on life, art, and love” (Chicago Tribune).
 
Margot Harrington, an American volunteer in Florence, is an expert at book conservancy. While struggling to save a waterlogged convent library after the devastating Arno flood of 1966, she comes across a fabulous volume of sixteen erotic drawings by Giulio Romano, accompanying sixteen steamy sonnets by Pietro Aretino. When it was first published over four centuries ago, the Vatican ordered all copies destroyed. This single—now unique—volume has survived.
 
The abbess needs to save the order’s finances—so she prevails upon Margot to find a buyer for the magnificently illustrated erotica. But of course, she must accomplish this discreetly—meaning without the bishop’s knowledge.
 
But this is not Margot’s only clandestine project. The other is an Italian man who is determined to save endangered frescoes. She is twenty-nine and available. He is older and married. But they share a sense of mission—and soon, a bed—in this daring story of spiritual longing and earthly desire.
 
Read more
Collapse

About the author

Robert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. His novels include The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, The Italian Lover, and The Confessions of Frances Godwin. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Illinois Arts Council grants, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award in 1988.
Read more
Collapse
2.7
6 total
Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Soho Press
Read more
Collapse
Published on
Sep 1, 2009
Read more
Collapse
Pages
368
Read more
Collapse
ISBN
9781569478110
Read more
Collapse
Read more
Collapse
Read more
Collapse
Language
English
Read more
Collapse
Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Women
Read more
Collapse
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Collapse
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more
Collapse

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
©2019 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google|Location: United StatesLanguage: English (United States)
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.