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Romona Drottoveo, an albino with unusual looks, is a chambermaid at a lush Italian country estate. Distinguished by an intoxicating scent she exudes, Ramona is despised by women and worshipped by men whose inexhaustible lust for Ramona she satisfies, eagerly and repeatedly. Ramona's life changes when she marries a sweet beekeeper who dies after discovering his bride with a new lover on their wedding day. The superstitious villagers go on to blame Ramona and her lover when the beekeeper's body 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 tragicomic misadventures where her life is transformed once again by the birth of her unwanted daughter, Blandina, who '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

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 120 x 197 x 20mm | 240g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552776181
  • 9780552776189

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