Tuscan Daughter

A Novel

by Lisa Rochon

On Sale: 07/13/2021

Tuscan Daughter

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Tuscan Daughter

A Novel

by Lisa Rochon

On Sale: 07/13/2021


About the Book


In Renaissance Florence, a young artist searching for her missing mother is discovered by arch-rivals Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci  

In Tuscany during the early 1500s, Beatrice, a peasant girl, finds herself alone in the countryside after her father is killed and her mother disappears into the walled city of Florence. Barefoot and defiant, Beatrice enters the city to sell her family’s olive oil to the artists who toil to create masterworks that will elevate the status of the republic. 

While selling her wares, Beatrice befriends Michelangelo as he struggles to sculpt David and helps heal a melancholic woman who is having her portrait painted by the brilliant but aging Leonardo. Bonds deepen even while Michelangelo and Leonardo are pitted against each other in a competition organized by Machiavelli. 

Set during five epic years, Tuscan Daughter reveals the humanity and struggles of a young woman who longs to find the only family she has left while seeking to be an artist in her own right. In her own way, Beatrice influences the artistic masters of the time to find peace with their inner demons as they stake everything on the power of beauty to transform and inspire.

Critical Praise

"Glorious . . . Impeccably researched and rife with lush detail and life’s wisdom." — Toronto Star

A kaleidoscope of a novel, overflowing with the characters, art, suffering and discoveries of Renaissance Florence, Tuscan Daughter brings history to life.  — Anne Giardini, author of Advice for Italian Boys

Like a skilled sculptor, Lisa Rochon has chipped away the marble of time and given new life to Michelangelo, Leonardo and the artists of Renaissance Florence. Even better, her marvelous novel Tuscan Daughter surrounds them with ambitious, skilled, complicated women, rescuing through fiction what was lost in history.   — Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Based on a True Story and Shrewed

Renaissance Florence has inspired yet another exquisite work of scholarship, beauty, and craftsmanship.  Tuscan Daughter re-assembles familiar titans—Michelangelo, Leonardo, Machiavelli—in the magnificence of Renaissance Florence, but provides the fresh perspective of a young women struggling to find her way.  Rochon’s writing reminds me of the sfumature—the tiny feathery touches—that Leonardo used to create his masterworks. Stroke by stroke, phrase by phrase, she constructs a vivid portrait of a time and a place that never cease to fascinate.   Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, and La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World.  

"The cobblestone streets of Florence come alive in this heartfelt tale of the high renaissance. In Tuscan Daughter, Lisa Rochon weaves a rich tapestry of palaces and olive groves, of marble dust and genius; and a peasant girl who dreams of becoming an artist." — Glenn Dixon, author of Juliet's Answer

"Superbly researched and vividly imagined, Lisa Rochon’s debut novel entwines the trials of a peasant girl with the unfolding drama of master artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci as they create their most revered works. In prose befitting the grace and beauty of the Renaissance, 16th century Florence comes to pungent, pulsing life—the gritty underclass, the artistic splendor, rivalries and ambitions, and the brutality of warring city-states."  Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author ofDaughter of BlackLake   


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443463515
  • ISBN 10: 1443463515
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 07/13/2021
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical / Renaissance
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary

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