This sensuous Italian historical novel, set in the early and mid-1800s, follows headstrong Agata Padellani, whose family falls on hard times after the death of her father. Agata is compelled to join a convent, dashing her hopes for marriage. There, she passes the time reading novels sent to her by an English sea captain for whom she eventually discovers she has feelings that threaten to unsettle her life inside the convent. Readers will be seduced by Simonetta Agnelo Hornby's lush romance.
March 7: "Corporate America now desperately needs the powers associated with the poetic imagination not only to see its way through the present whirligig of change, but also, because poetry asks for accountability..."