Lucetta was born on May 15th, 1505, on a sunny morning, in a house perfumed with herbs, into the enveloping arms of her mother. With her, she learns about the world of plants; she follows her mother – a healer – into the village. But she must soon face the hard reality of history (the threat of the Inquisition and the burnings of women who live their lives freely) and, at the same time, the obscure mystery of magic. In a relentless escape between Italy and Germany, in an entirely female world, Lucetta discovers who she is and who she wants to be.
An intense story on the struggle and pride of declaring one’s own individuality without forgetting one’s own origins. History and fantasy combine: young readers will find out about the harsh conditions of women at the time, but also about love, the joys of birth and nature, the fear and beauty of growing up.
Sabina Colloredo composed her first novel in elementary school and did not stop writing ever since. In addition to working in advertising, she has published about a hundred stories, poems, biographies and historic and mythological novels, for both kids and adults, always paying particular attention to social themes and the role of women. She lives in Milan with her daughters.