One Great Lie (Hardcover)
One Great Lie by Deb Caletti
Just turned 18-year-old Charlotte is about to have her dreams come true. She was accepted at a summer writing workshop in Venice with Luca Bruni, an author she idolizes. While there she hopes to investigate a family mystery. One of her ancestors was a Renaissance poet and is perhaps the true author of a famous poem attributed to her lover. Charlotte wants to find out the truth. Caletti links past and present gender politics and the abuse of power structures with a #MeToo narrative and by using chapter heads that give information about female Renaissance poets who were only known through their relationships with men. This is a powerful, entertaining, and enlightening book.— From Deb's Picks
A “quietly triumphant” (Horn Book Magazine) and atmospheric YA story of romance, mystery, and power about a young woman discovering her strength in lush, sultry Venice—from the Printz Honor–winning author of A Heart in a Body in the World.
When Charlotte wins a scholarship to a writing workshop in Venice with the charismatic and brilliant Luca Bruni, it’s a dream come true. Writing is her passion, she loves Bruni’s books, and going to that romantic and magical sinking city gives her the chance to solve a long-time family mystery about a Venetian poet deep in their lineage, Isabella Di Angelo, who just might be the real author of a very famous poem.
Bruni’s villa on the eerie island of La Calamita is extravagant—lush beyond belief, and the other students are both inspiring and intimidating. Venice itself is beautiful, charming, and seductive, but so is Luca Bruni. As his behavior becomes increasingly unnerving, and as Charlotte begins to unearth the long-lost work of Isabella with the help of sweet, smart Italian Dante, other things begin to rise, too—secrets about the past…and secrets about the present.
As the events of the summer build to a shattering climax, Charlotte will be forced to confront some dark truths about the history of powerful men—and about the determination of creative girls.
— Booklist, Starred Review
* "[A] work that is respectful and restrained yet powerful and emotional. . .The introspective and quiet narrative is beautifully written, with rich sensory details and nuanced explorations of sexuality, artistic motivation, loneliness, and jealousy . . . "
— School Library Journal, Starred Review
* "Third-person–present narration foreshadows the dreadful events to come, giving the story a fairy-tale tone and inspiring readers to absorb every luminous detail as the narrative slows down to describe Venice in gorgeous, flowing prose. . . A potent story of how one young woman finds the power to write her own story."
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
* "The incisive and sharply written, place-laden book balances its contemporary #MeToo narrative with Charlotte’s passionate investigation . . . watching Charlotte [is] empowering."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Sumptuous descriptions bring the cityscape to life as Charlotte basks in both Venice’s haunting beauty and (at least at first) Bruni’s intoxicating presence . . . Caletti weaves the lives of [two] striving artists together with an expert hand . . ."
— Horn Book Magazine
"Caletti superbly depicts a powerful man accustomed to seduction as a perk of position . . . Readers may find this puts experiences of their own into context, and it will certainly give them insight into the questionable power of celebrity and talent."