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All that Alessandra wants to do is be herself and paint, but she lives in a world of men and powerful religious leaders. She is forced into an unhappy marriage with a man twice her age. Her only joy in life is that her empty marriage allows her time to spend making art and with a young painter who helps her to develop her skill.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Main char. serviced by prostitute?    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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