The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel (Paperback)

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Delightfully old fashioned and historical with dark and passionate tones, this novel captured my day. The story is alive with lemon blossoms and water as the emotions of the characters seep into the mind. — Karen Frank

July 2010 Indie Next List

“This slim and enchanting debut novel tells of a love triangle between a young 19th-century Italian contessa, her strapping fiance, and the curiously inventive admirer who creates the world's first typewriter for her as she loses her sight. The fairy-tale-like story is charmingly told and strewn with beautiful images that will brighten your eyes even as the contessa's world dims around her.”
— Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119319
ISBN-10: 0143119311
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 28th, 2011
Pages: 224
Language: English