The Vanishing Point

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A story of the most famous female painter of the Italian Renaissance, The Vanishing Point imagines the adolescence of the legendary Lavinia Fontana. Reared in the strict atmosphere of sixteenth century Bologna, "Vini" manages to persuade her painter-father to train her and in the process learns much about the quiet power of women from her mother. Part quest, part romance, and part coming of age story, this resonant novel will speak to any woman who has ever pitted her hopes against a world that feels smaller than her dreams.

NY Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age 

Bank Street College Pick 

Independent Booksellers Booksense Pick

Best Book for Young Adults Nominee

Wilde Award, best historical novel,  Raleigh News and Observer

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