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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

GREAT Book: "Juliet" by Anne Fortier

Read this book recently, it was a recommended to me by a librarian and it was GREAT!  I cannot put into words how good it was - it was up there among the best that I've read lately.

Rather than blunder over my own words trying to describe this book, I'll paste an "official" review below.  Seriously, get your hands on this one - you won't be disappointed.  I would call it Da Vinci Code meets Shakespeare.

Amazon official review:

Okay, you’re here, on Amazon and by some clever and fortunate happenstance you’ve clicked over to Anne Fortier’s Juliet. First let me say, bravo. Not only are you intrepid enough to find this gem of a debut novel, but you are about to embark on a journey to Sienna (not Verona, for you Romeo and Juliet purists out there--don’t feel bad, I was one of them too) with our heroine, Julie Jacobs.
Secondly, my advice--aside from urging you to buy this book before someone else in your book club beats you to it--is to buckle up and hold on with both hands. You’re in for a wild ride--a lush, romantic voyage that will stimulate all of your literary senses.
Our story begins when Julie’s beloved Aunt Rose dies, leaving Julie and her twisted sister, Janice orphaned. (Their parents died years earlier in Tuscany). But while Aunt Rose leaves the family estate to Janice, Julie is bequeathed next to nothing, just a passport, a key, and a secret--that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei, a descendant of the Tolomeis and the Salembenis, the real families that inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—and that the "Curse upon both your houses," is alive and well, 600 years later.
With exquisite detail and flawless pacing, Juliet is a multi-layered tapestry of Julie’s present and Giulietta’s 14th-century past, where families, generations apart, are still at each other’s throats. Betwixt tragedy and epic romance, Juliet will stir your heart and quicken your pulse. After all, if Julie is Giulietta, then where art thou, Romeo?
And lest I forget, and in the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that I’m not your typical admirer of Shakespeare. Sure, one of my earliest childhood memories is of wandering around the prop room of Oregon’s famed Shakespeare Festival with MacBeth’s bloody head on a pike, and yes, instead of a traditional wedding reception, my wife and I opted to take everyone to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the wedding party still in full regalia), but please don’t hold that against me.
You will fall in love with Juliet, as I did, as she reinvents your perceptions of a Shakespearean classic.


  1. Hi Penny,

    Have you read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel? It's a commitment - clocks in at over 500 pages. I'll check this one and your other recommendations out. Thanks!

  2. Thanks, Angie!
    I just looked the book up, and it sounds good! I just requested it from my library system, should have it waiting for me to pickup soon.
    Hope all is well with you!