by Delia Sherman
Cover Artist: Jean-Honore Fragonard
Plume Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0452272262
Date: 01 July 1994 List Price $11.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: The magic of history and the enchantment of an extraordinary story come together in this novel of beguiling romance and dazzling revelation. Eighteenth-century France is the setting--a time and a place where age-old superstitions shadow an age of enlightenment, where the minuet of aristocratic life is deaf to the approaching drumbeats of revolution, where elegance masks depravity and licentiousness makes a mockery of love. Against this background, Berthe Duvet, maid to Adele du Fourchet, later Mme la duchesse de Malvoeux, tells her tale of a doomed society and of a family seeking to break a terrible curse. Unless the House of Malveoux finds and possesses a fabulous porcelain dove, the noble family faces madness and ruin.