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Ramona Drottoveo, an albino with unusual looks, is a chambermaid at an Italian country estate. Distinguished by an intoxicating scent, she is despised by all women and worshipped by all men, whose inexhaustible lust she eagerly satisfies. But Ramona's life changes for ever when she marries a beekeeper who dies after discovering his bride with a lover on their wedding day. The superstitious villagers go on to blame Ramona and her lover when his body mysteriously disappears and the crops fail, and they exile the couple from the estate to the neighboring city of Naples. There we follow Ramona through her tragi-comic misadventures where her life is transformed once again by the birth of an unwanted daughter, Blandina. Blandina 'steals' Ramona's scent, depriving her mother of her only asset. No longer able to seduce men into blind submission, Ramona returns humbly to the estate to an unexpected welcome - and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 183g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770884
  • 9780552770880
  • 1,482,998

About Lily Prior

Lily Prior lives in London. A great admirer of Italian cuisine and culture, she has travelled extensively in Italy. She is the author of La Cucina, Nectar and more

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474 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
5 13% (62)
4 24% (115)
3 35% (164)
2 21% (98)
1 7% (35)
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