A New York Times NOTABLE BOK OF THE YEARA globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece hailed by the New York Times Book Review as Audaciously well written . the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it.
An NPR BEST BOK OF THE YEAR
A Publishers Weekly BEST BOK OF THE YEAR
Set in three different eras, and in three different locations--all, coincidentally, named Venice--this startling, beautiful gem of a book (NPR) calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its mix of entertainment and literary bravado.
The core story is set in sixteenth-century Venice, where, on the island of Murano, the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world's most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascination--
was it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing?--
the Venetian mirrors were state-of-the-art technology, subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world-wide. Thus, for the skilled craftsmen that made them, any attempt to leave the island--to steal the technology--was a crime punishable by death. One man, however--
a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose--
has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city's terrifying enforcers of the edict,