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Bitter Greens

(2013)
A novel by

 

A Library Journal Best Book of 2014: Historical Fiction





The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-4104-7425-9 / 978-1-4104-7425-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-250-04753-6 / 978-1-250-04753-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2013 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 0-7490-1362-1 / 978-0-7490-1362-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-250-07084-8 / 978-1-250-07084-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 0-7490-1323-0 / 978-0-7490-1323-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-4830-1769-9 / 978-1-4830-1769-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-4830-1771-0 / 978-1-4830-1771-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2014 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 1-4830-1770-2 / 978-1-4830-1770-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bitter Greens
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon UK   


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