I, Mona Lisa

Jeanne Kalogridis

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“My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa.  My story begins not with my birth but a murder, committed the year before I was born…”
Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de’ Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence’s magnificent Duomo. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa.
More than a decade later, Florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths.  Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano’s nephew and namesake.  But when Guiliano, her love, meets a tragic end, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life.
Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.

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Chapter One
My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini, though to acquaintances I am known simply as Madonna Lisa, and to those of the common class, Monna Lisa.
My likeness has been recorded on wood, with boiled linseed oil and pigments dug from earth or crushed from semiprecious stones and applied with brushes made from the feathers of birds and the silken fur of animals.
I have seen the painting. It does not look like me. I stare at it and see instead the faces of my mother and father. I listen and hear their voices. I feel their love and their sorrow, and I witness, again

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Praise for I, Mona Lisa

“From sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages.” –Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl
“Entertaining.” USA Today
"...a dramatic tale from a heady mix of royal power plays and passion."  --Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Jeanne Kalogridis

Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner on the West Coast, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of The Borgia Bride, The Scarlet Contessa, The Devil’s Queen, and other dark fantasy and historical novels. Born in Florida, Kalogridis has a B.A. in Russian and a master’s in linguistics, and taught English as a second language at The American University for eight years before retiring to write full-time.

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I, Mona Lisa
Jeanne Kalogridis

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312341398
ISBN10: 0312341393
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 544 pages

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429906029
ISBN10: 1429906022
544 pages

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