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Renaissance Moon

St. Martin's Press

The strikingly glamorous Selene Catcher, an American scholar renowned for her books on Italian Renaissance art, is obsessed by a fierce devotion to the ancient Moon Goddess, Artemis.  Selene's domineering father, who both worshiped and betrayed the Goddess, named his infant daughter for the Goddess's virgin form, setting the stage for the eventual disintegration of Selene's brilliant and tormented personality.The story is told by her friend Giovanni Corio, an Italian priest, who watches in disbelieving horror as Selene sinks deeper and deeper into her pagan faith.  Her bloody rituals begin to affect her writing as she passes inexorably through the mythic phases of the Goddess: from Selene, the cold intellectual...to Artemis, the chaste and vengeful Huntress...to Hecate, the Sorceress--creator of nightmares and spells.But Selene's passion for the fascinating and mysterious Victor Bellacera threatens to overcome her devotion to Artemis.  Fearing the Goddess's famous wrath, determined to appease Her by any means, Selene will stop at nothing to implore Her favor and forgiveness.Sweeping from Renaissance Florence to the deep forests of America, Renaissance Moon is a chilling tour de force from the author of the acclaimed Commonwealth Avenue.

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Renaissance Moon
PART ONESeleneChapter OneFlorence, Italy: April 1978 
A first met Selene Catcher during the time she was my cousin Piero's lover.One bright spring afternoon, he phoned at my sister Carla's house in Florence to say he was taking the train from Venice the next day and would see us before sundown. He had an American friend with him, he said. A woman.I'd been staying with Carla for the month or more since I'd left my post at the Vatican, having broken several bones in my foot playing soccer with some of our younger seminarians. As a man approaching his fortieth year, I suppose

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  • Linda Nevins has taught English literature at the University of Michigan and worked in the film industry in New Mexico and Los Angeles.  She now lives in Boston, the setting of her first novel, Commonwealth Avenue, published by A Wyatt Book for St. Martin's Press in 1996.

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