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Book Title: Alchemy's Daughter|
The author of the book: Mary A. Osborne
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Edition: Lake Street Press
Date of issue: May 15th 2015
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Santina Pietra is seventeen and in medieval San Gimignano, daughters of merchants are expected to marry. But Santina cares only for Calandrino, a brilliant young scholar who is preoccupied with his ancient alchemical texts.
Soon Santina meets Trotula, the village midwife, who might or might not be a strega, or witch. Trotula challenges her to forget Calandrino and become the woman she is meant to be. Some say she is a victim of the midwife’s spell, but Santina is determined to follow in Trotula’s footsteps even as calamities strike.
The setting is 14th century Italy, yet in Santina contemporary readers will discover a strong-minded young woman whose search for meaning echoes their own. Alchemy’s Daughter is the author’s second novel.
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Read information about the authorMary A. Osborne is the award-winning author of Alchemy’s Daughter and Nonna’s Book of Mysteries. Her stories were inspired by travels to Tuscany and the walled village of Certaldo—home of medieval author Giovanni Boccaccio—where Ms. Osborne envisioned her young heroines slipping through the narrow, cobbled streets and ancient piazzas. Reading about alchemy, including work by C.G. Jung, gave her the idea for A Manual to the Science of Alchemy, a fictitious book from which excerpts appear in both Alchemy’s Daughter and Nonna’s Book of Mysteries. An enchanting blend of history, alchemy, adventure, and romance, her writing appeals to adults as well as teens.
Ms. Osborne’s first novel, Nonna’s Book of Mysteries, was a Foreword Reviews 2010 Book of the Year winner and an American Library Association 2011 Amelia Bloomer nominee. Alchemy’s Daughter is the author’s second novel and the recipient of the gold award for both young adult fiction and young adult historical fiction in the 2014 Literary Classics Youth Media Competition. Her third book, The Last of the Magicians, is slated for release in 2018.
A graduate of Rush University and Knox College, where she was mentored in the Creative Writing Program, Ms. Osborne is a registered nurse and holds degrees in chemistry and nursing. Her freelance work has appeared in publications including Hektoen International, NewCity, and Examiner.com. She is a Chicago native.
Learn more about the author at MaryAOsborne.com. Learn more about the subject of alchemy at the author’s alchemy website, MysticFiction.com
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