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The Orphan's Song
By (author): Lauren Kate
9780735212572 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jun 25, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.19 x 9.3 x 1.14 in 336 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music—and the secrets each hold—that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.

“A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous.”—Fiona Davis, author of The Address

A song brought them together.

A secret will tear them apart.

Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the Incurables’ world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.

After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the “city of masks,” Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.

Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan’s Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.

Story Locale: Venice, Italy and England in the 1700s

BESTSELLING AND HIGHLY CONNECTED AUTHOR: Lauren Kate is a #1 New York Times bestselling YA author of paranormal romance eager to cross over into the adult market. She’s a great self-promoter who really connects with her audience—she has more than 229k Facebook followers, more than 90k on Twitter, and 54K on Instagram.

GRIPPING, VIBRANT HISTORY: The Hospital of the Incurables was a real hospital in Venice, Italy, from the 1500s through the 1800s, that housed a church, an orphanage, and the renowned music school. Its building still stands today, but this is the first time its fascinating history will be brought to light.

MOVING LOVE STORY: Kate is known for the will-they/won’t-they drama that keeps readers turning pages. This romance is deliciously tormented, gripping, and ultimately uplifting—the kind of story Kate is known for. The Orphan’s Song marries the fast-paced storytelling and juicy writing about first love and desire that have brought her YA novels such success with a new and sophisticated sense of history and power that will enchant adult audiences.

ON TREND HISTORICAL FICTION: There seems to be more historical fiction on the bestseller list each week. With the success of Before We Were Yours, We Were the Lucky Ones, Pachinko, The Nightingale, and more, we will be publishing into a historical fiction market that is better than ever.

Lauren Kate is the #1 New York Times- and internationally bestselling author of nine novels for young adults, including Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Orphan’s Song is her adult debut novel.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Little Rock, Arkansas

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“Kate mesmerizes in a tale that brilliantly recreates 1700s Venice - a city of high-stakes intrigue and earthly delights…. A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous.”—Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece

“Gorgeous…Kate uncovers the intriguing, little-known origin of the era’s most famous Baroque musicians…. Brimming with love, deception, and ultimately, surprising truth.”—Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein

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