From the book
Escaping the sack of Rome in
1527, with their stomachs churning on
the jewels they have swallowed, the
courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf
companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the
shimmering city born out of water to
become a miracle of east-west trade:
rich and rancid, pious and profitable,
beautiful and squalid.
With a mix of courage and cunning they
infiltrate Venetian society. Together
they make the perfect partnership: the
sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and
his vibrant mistress, trained from birth
to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who
have the money to support her.
Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect...
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