From the book
jacket: 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 partnership ...
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