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The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
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The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
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Feb 03, 2015 | ISBN 9781616955809

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Praise

Praise for The Sixteen Pleasures

“Part mystery, part romance, part guidebook. A lively first novel that communicates the heady peril, as well as the adventure, of Florence after the flood.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Elegantly moving. Everything about the narrator and heroine of this novel is appealing right from the first paragraph.”
The New Yorker

“An erotic book about an erotic book. At the same time, we receive a crash course in Italian cuisine, convent life, the European railway system and the delicate labor involved in restoring flood-damaged works of art.”
—Maxine Kumin, author of Where I Live

“A terrific, swift novel about being in love with Italy, Italian art and Italians. If there’s such a thing as an art thriller, this is it.”
—John Casey, author of Spartina


“This novel offers the reader a luxurious feast of pleasures—many many more than sixteen.”
—Tillie Olsen, author of Tell Me a Riddle

“Though The Sixteen Pleasures is initially in the tradition of American innocent goes abroad to encounter European experience, Hellenga’s depth (and lightness) of characterization and description lift it high above its genre. And what better book than one about loving and loving books?”
—Amazon

 “Fascinating entertainment . . . with a sympathetic heroine, a suspenseful plot, a cast of colorful characters and illuminating meditations on life, art and love.”
Chicago Tribune

 “A rewarding read, with a witty heroine, a marvelous setting, and lots of fascinating detail about book conservation and the restoration of art.
Booklist

“A wonderfully rich and absorbing story . . . Hellenga forms Florentine art, nuns, erotica, and American know-how into a kind of della Robbia arrangement of juicy forbidden fruit.”
Kirkus Reviews

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