In this powerful and astonishing novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning yet thoroughly convincing heroines in American fiction. Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, not only survives her father's suicide, poverty, and a failed romance, she triumphs with high spirits.
The girl known only as “Mouse” came to her monastery home as an orphan and there, in 13th-century Bohemia, learned ancient healing arts. When her talents attract the attention of the young king, Ottokar, it seems like a fairy tale waiting to unfold—but Carpenter has other fish (demons?) to fry. Mouse’s knowledge and abilities make her special, but don’t guarantee her safety or happiness
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Prague, Czech Republic: A thousand years ago, Bohemian villages were rampant with vampire lore; whether fact or fiction depends on whom you ask. But the truth remains that many people believed blood-sucking vamps were a real threat. The largest vampire cemetery was unearthed in Čelákovice, located just outside Prague, in the 1960s. Fourteen victims buried there showed markers of anti-vampire measures: decapitated skeletons with nails in their skulls. A far cry from “Twilight,” don’t you…