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Juliet by Anne Fortier

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The Abingdon Library Book Group read Juliet for their May meeting.  Anne Fortier takes a new look at the story of Romeo & Juliet in this delightful novel. The lives of twin sisters Julie & Janice change when their aunt dies. Orphaned at a young age they were rescued by their aunt who brought them from Italy to their new home in America. They know little of their Italian roots. Julie decides to travel to Siena to find out what happened to her parents & to discover a treasure that her mother may have left her. Once in Siena Julie unearths secrets & conspiracies, & a family curse. Her story connects to that of the “real” Juliet set in 1340, & the narrative passes between the historic & current periods. Shakespeare’s story is ever present, yet Fortier sets the historical action in Siena (as does a version by Mascuccio Salernitano prior to Shakespeare) rather than Verona. Her descriptions of the city make it glow. The pace speeds up towards a tense conclusion involving armed baddies, danger and romance. As might be expected there are many coincidences, but don’t let these put you off reading this very entertaining book.

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