Dolly’s is thrilled to welcome author Nina Romano with her book The Secret Language of Women — for an author event here at the store on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at 1:00-3:00 pm!
About the Book:
“Rich with history, The Secret Language of Women offers a beautiful and harrowing landscape of love found, lost, and hunted for – at all costs and with dire consequences. Like the bound feet, so idealized in her novel, Romano’s characters are broken and reformed into both the beautiful and the grotesque. Haunting.” —New York Times bestselling author Barbara Wood
Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and GIACOMO SCIMENTI, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion.
When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian, to tend the Italian ambassador, at the Summer Palace of the Empress Dowager, where she meets and falls in love with Giacomo.
Through voyage and adventure, their love intensifies, but soon is severed by Lian’s dutiful promise as the wife to another. Forbidden from pursuing her chosen profession as a healer, and despised because she does not have bound feet, she is forced to work in a cloisonné factory while her in-laws raise her daughter, Ya Chen. As a child Lian learned Nüshu, and it is in this women’s secret writing that she chronicles her life.
Rebelling against the life forced upon her, she empowers herself to act out against the injustice and becomes the master of her own destiny–though her freedom comes at a costly price—the life of someone close to her, lost in a raging tai feng, typhoon, a grueling journey to the Yun-kang Caves, and a desperate search for beauty and love in the midst of brutality. Source: Authors’s Website
About the Author:
Nina Romano earned an M.A. from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University.
After residing twenty years in Italy, she settled in southern Florida where she was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL