Tell Me, Signora

A novel by Ann Harleman


Kate Hagesfeld, grieving the death of her husband, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to re-start her career as an archaeologist.  Caught up in efforts to aid refugees from the Kosovo War, she must make the choice of a lifetime.

Tell Me, Signora is a haunting and deeply suspenseful novel.  I love the honesty with which Kate approaches the many people she encounters: the Kosovo refugees she tutors, a poet also working at the colony, her Italian lover, and the sixteenth-century painter, Sofonisba Anguissola, whose life and work she studies.  I couldn’t stop reading as Kate struggles to save the people around her and, of course, herself.”

—Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury

Lush and sensual, this is a book you will lose yourself in from start to finish, and beyond.”

—Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of The Knitting Circle

Tell Me, Signora blossoms from the singular voice of one woman confronting hard personal loss to a chorus, voices of women and girls, survivors of wartime violence, contemporary artists and thinkers, mothers, daughters, and a groundbreaking sixteenth-century artist whose major work remains hidden. Harleman deftly interweaves their stories and page after page reminds us: we’re all in this together.”

—Nancy Reisman, award-winning author of Trompe L’Oeil

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