THE GARDEN OF PERSEPHONE is a novel by Cesar J. Rotondi published in 1982. It is also a sad disappointment, a book I threw down after only a few pages. The problems? There is no conflict, it is replete with tells and the characters make speeches to one another. Here is an example:

Julien rolled his eyes in exasperation. “Now you’re happy copying books.”

Edward looked at him loftily. “Our illuminations are considered as elegant as any produced anywhere.”

“That’s just what I mean. Oh, let’s change the subject. Tell me about Cuthbert.”

What a pity to have such a boring exchange hiding behind such a ravishing title. I threw the book down at this point. One star.

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