The Scribe of Siena

A Novel

The Scribe of Siena

“Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring…will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena” (Library Journal, starred review) in this transporting love story and gripping historical mystery.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

As Beatrice explores the evidence further, she uncovers the journal and paintings of the fourteenth-century artist Gabriele Accorsi. But when she finds a startling image of her own face, she is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501152269 | 
  • January 2018
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Scribe of Siena includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Melodie Winawer. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

After Beatrice Trovato’s brother, a scholar of medieval history based in Siena, Italy, dies unexpectedly, she travels to Siena to take care of his estate. As Beatrice delves deeper into her bother’s affairs, she discovers files from his unfinished research—all of which seem to point to a 700-year-old conspiracy to annihilate the city of Siena.

After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face in his work and is suddenly transported to Siena in the year 1347. She awakens in a city on the eve of an unimaginable disaster—the Plague’s imminent arrival. Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele but also with medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten Beatrice’s survival and the very existence of Siena, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

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About the Author

Melodie Winawer
Photograph © Dana Maxon

Melodie Winawer

Melodie Winawer is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology, she has published forty-seven nonfiction articles and book chapters. She is fluent in Spanish and French, literate in Latin, and has a passable knowledge of Italian. Dr. Winawer lives with her spouse and their three young children in Brooklyn, New York. The Scribe of Siena is her first novel.

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