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Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Blind Contessa's New Machine

The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A NovelThe Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel
Author:  Carey Wallace
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin)
Publication Date:  July 8, 2010

Donated by:  The publisher, Pamela Dorman Books

An iridescent jewel of a novel that proves love is the mother of invention

In the early 1800s, a young Italian contessa, Carolina Fantoni, realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents don't believe her, nor does her fiancé. The only one who understands is the eccentric local inventor and her longtime companion, Turri. When her eyesight dims forever, Carolina can no longer see her beloved lake or the rich hues of her own dresses. But as darkness erases her world, she discovers one place she can still see-in her dreams. Carolina creates a vivid dreaming life, in which she can not only see, but also fly, exploring lands she had never known.

Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri invents a peculiar machine for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will change both of their lives forever.

Based on the true story of a nineteenth-century inventor and his innovative contraption, The Blind Contessa's New Machine is an enchanting confection of love and the triumph of the imagination.

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Tour Participants:

1. Leah  - done
2.Jen G. - done
3. Tiffany - done
4. Kiara - rec'd 8/30 per DC - book lost/missing
5. Margaret 
6. Michelle


1.  Leah - Amused By Books
2.  Jen G. - Introverted Jen
3.  Tiffany - Tiffany's Bookshelf
4.  Kiara - 
5.  Margaret -
6.  Michelle -


Michelle Stockard Miller said...


This one sounds good! LOVE historical novels. Please put me on the end of the tour. Thanks!

Amused said...


Jen at Introverted Reader said...

I've been looking forward to this one since Sarah Addison Allen recommended it at an event back in March!

Jennifer G. (NC)
theintrovertedreader at gmail dot com

ok said...

Tiffany PA

Kiara Joy Gilbert said...

Name: Kiara Gilbert
State: TX

Anonymous said...

I've heard good things and would love to read this!



Amused said...

I've got the book now.

Amused said...

I'm mailing it on. Here's the DC #:
0306 2400 0002 7005 9884

Amused said...

Here's my review:

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

I received this today. Thanks!

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

Mailed today. DC 0309 3220 0002 1396 6972

ok said...

received it today!

ok said...

Sent this out today, DC 0309 3220 0002 4086 8737

Link to review is

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

My review

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