By Karen Essex
Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767923064, 351pp.
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
A haunting novel of rivalry, love, and betrayal that transports you back to Renaissance Italy, Leonardo's Swans will have you dashing to the works of the great master--not for clues to a mystery but to contemplate the secrets of the human heart.
“Privileged sisters compete over men, attention—and the chance to be immortalized on canvas by Leonardo da Vinci in this instantly absorbing tale.” —Redbook magazine
“Two very different sisters, two very different husbands, and one of the greatest geniuses of all times, Leonardo da Vinci. In this sizzling historical novel set in fifteenth-century Italy, Essex combines art, political intrigue, family feuds and sex to create a page-turner that also probes the experience of being painted and whether it can offer immortality.” —USA Today
“Acclaimed author Karen Essex spins a wild yarn about sexual politics and the struggle for immortality.” —Harper’s Bazaar (“Hot Reads” pick)
“Meticulously researched. Exquisite detail . . .” —Chicago Tribune