Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Finds at the Bookstore: Poison by Kathryn Harrison

Every Friday I will be posting my latest book discovery that I found while browsing the bookstore or the library. If you'd like to join in on the fun feel free to do so, just link back to this blog :) 
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by Kathryn Harrison

Publication Date: September 1996
Format: Paperback 336pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Francisca de Luarac, the daughter of a poor Spanish silk grower, is a dreamer of fabulous dreams. Marie Louise de Bourbon, the niece of Louis XIV, dances in slippers of fine Spanish silk in the French Court of the Sun King and imagines her own enchanted future. Born on the same day—in an age when superstition, repression, and the Inquisition reign—the lives of these two young women unfold in tandem, barely touching. Each hoards the memory of her adored lost mother like an amulet. Francica's obsession with her lover, a Catholick priest, will shaper her fate. Marie Loouise is yoked by political expediency to the mad, imptoent Carlos II of Spain. But even as their twin destinies spiral inexorably toward disaster, both Queen and commoner cultivate a dangerous, secret life dedicated to resistance, transcendence, and love. Written in gorgeous prose that has the sheen of silk, Kathryn Harrison's POISONvividlyreminds us of the persistence of desire, the passion that exists between mothers and daughters, and the sorcery of dreams. 
Set during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, this hypnotic, luminous, and original novel by the critically acclaimed author of Exposure tells the story of two young women--a silk grower's daughter and a queen--struggling to survive in an atmosphere poisonous to passion, creativity and love."


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