By Anne Fortier
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345516114, 480pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?
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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 2002 to work in film. She co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia and holds a Ph.D. in the history of ideas from Aarhus University, Denmark. The story of Juliet was inspired by Anne Fortier’s mother, who always considered Verona her true home . . . until she discovered Siena.
“One of those rare novels that have it all . . . I was swept away.”—Sara Gruen
“Juliet leads us on a thrilling treasure hunt through present-day Italy that makes the classic tragedy itself spellbinding all over again.”—Elle
“Boldly imagined, brilliantly plotted, beautifully described, Juliet will carry you spellbound until the gripping end.”—Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany
“The Shakespearean scholarship on display is both impressive and well-handled.”—The Washington Post
“Stunning . . . This storyteller dazzles. . . . The kind of elegant, witty writing that has made Philippa Gregory a superstar of historical romance.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)