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Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a strong-willed, young Venetian woman, has followed her father in the path of medicine. She possesses a singleminded passion for the art of physick, even though, in 1590, the male-dominated establishment is reluctant to accept a woman doctor. So when her father disappears on a mysterious journey, Gabriella's own status in the Venetian medical society is threatened. Her father has left clues--beautiful, thoughtful, sometimes torrid, and often enigmatic letters from his travels as he researches his vast encyclopedia, The Book of Diseases.

After ten years of missing his kindness, insight, and guidance, Gabriella decides to set off on a quest to find him--a daunting journey that will take her through great university cities, centers of medicine, and remote villages across Europe. Despite setbacks, wary strangers, and the menaces of the road, the young doctor bravely follows the clues to her lost father, all while taking notes on maladies and treating the ill to supplement her own work.

Gorgeous and brilliantly written, and filled with details about science, medicine, food, and madness, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an unforgettable debut. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poet O’Melveny’s debut fiction is like a lyrical composite creature—part father/daughter epistolary novel, part aristocratic diary, part adventurer’s travelogue, and part compendium of allegorical diseases…Readers will be delighted by O’Melveny’s whimsical embellishments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An elegant portrait of a resolute woman who practices medicine in sixteenth-century Venice…The writing is superb, particularly when the author describes…exotic locales and ancient superstitions. The book will especially attract readers who enjoy female­centered historical novels whose plots are not driven by romance.”

    Library Journal

  • “A darkly whimsical first novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Every new chapter brings a new adventure and a new piece of the puzzle.”

    Washington Independent Review of Books

  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
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About the Author
Author Regina O’Melveny

Regina O’Melveny’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes. She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and chose to enroll at Callison College—a school of international studies at the University of the Pacific—almost solely based upon the fact that the second year would be spent in India. Thus began her many extended travels that would later inspire The Book of Madness and Cures, her first novel. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.