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The Blind Contessa's New Machine

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Carey Wallace has written a beautiful little novella based on the invention of the first typewriter. Who knew it was for a blind woman? In 1808, Pellegrino Turri invented his "writing machine" to help the blind communicate. The Blind Contessa's New Machine uses this invention, and its subsequent gift to the Contessa, as a basis for the spark that starts a passionate love affair. Both the inventor and the Contessa are married to others, so there is no easy road to their happiness. What is, perhaps, even more interesting than the love affair is the dream-like quality of this story. As the Contessa gradually loses her sight, she becomes more attached to her dreams, in which she can still see. She is even able to influence her dreams to the point where she can fly. There is a blurring of the line between dream and reality throughout, which gives this books an illusory, unearthly, and fantastical quality.
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In a 1920s seaside town, Clare discovers a mysterious glass house in the backyard of her new summer home. There she falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who cant remember who he was before he died. Their romance is a haven for her from the cruel pranks of her society friends, especially her best friend, Bridget, who cant wait to grow up and embark on romances of her own. As Clare begins to suspect an affair between her mother and Bridget's father, she retreats to the glass house. But that haven begins to crack when she realizes that Jack has lied to her about his name . . .

From a dazzling and fearless new voice comes a shimmering story full of wonder and mystery, in a world where every character is haunted by lingering ghosts of love.

Synopsis:

A YA novel set in a seaside New England town in the 1920s, where twelve-year-old Clare discovers a mysterious glass house and falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who cant remember how he died.

Synopsis:

An enchantingly imagined romance inspired by the true story of the typewriter's invention.

Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancé believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness erases Carolina's world, she discovers one place where she can still see-in her dreams-yet she remains isolated from the outside world. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both their lives forever.

About the Author

Carey Wallace grew up in Michigan and has worked as a waitress, art studio manager, private biographer, and lady's maid to an automotive heiress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143119319
Author:
Wallace, Carey
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Family - Parents
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.76 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Carey Wallace has written a beautiful little novella based on the invention of the first typewriter. Who knew it was for a blind woman? In 1808, Pellegrino Turri invented his "writing machine" to help the blind communicate. The Blind Contessa's New Machine uses this invention, and its subsequent gift to the Contessa, as a basis for the spark that starts a passionate love affair. Both the inventor and the Contessa are married to others, so there is no easy road to their happiness. What is, perhaps, even more interesting than the love affair is the dream-like quality of this story. As the Contessa gradually loses her sight, she becomes more attached to her dreams, in which she can still see. She is even able to influence her dreams to the point where she can fly. There is a blurring of the line between dream and reality throughout, which gives this books an illusory, unearthly, and fantastical quality.

"Synopsis" by , A YA novel set in a seaside New England town in the 1920s, where twelve-year-old Clare discovers a mysterious glass house and falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who cant remember how he died.
"Synopsis" by ,
An enchantingly imagined romance inspired by the true story of the typewriter's invention.

Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancé believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness erases Carolina's world, she discovers one place where she can still see-in her dreams-yet she remains isolated from the outside world. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both their lives forever.

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