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Dawn Patitucci has lived her entire life in the Chicago area and is a long-time college professor in computer science. She is a Germanophile, a power-tool-wielding handywoman, and an orange male cat enthusiast. The Queen's Prophet is her debut novel.
"The Queen's Prophet offers masterful storytelling, memorable characters, and an imaginative depiction of a world that is as layered and enthralling as the Velazquez painting the novel brings to vivid life."-Deborah Davis, author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X "Impeccably researched, The Queen's Prophet offers a rare glimpse into an age that was at once colorful, magical, and beautiful but also brutal and violent-a world few people today can begin to imagine, but wonderfully and vividly rendered by the author. The reader is drawn into a world of passions, loyalties, betrayals and ruthless court intrigue filled with twists and surprises. In Mari we have a heroine who is unique, sympathetic, strong, and we pull for her all the way. An impressive debut."-New York Times best-selling author, Barbara Wood "Patitucci did my very favorite thing: write characters and create a world so lush, vivid and rich that the story sucked me in and swept me away to another land until I reluctantly turned the very last page. This novel is a page-turning look at a particular place and moment in history - Spain in the 1600s-and a thought-provoking exploration of what it meant to be a dwarfess when they were considered property but also magical beings. I also loved all the questions it raises about the nature and stability of power."-Naomi McDougall Jones "The Queen's Prophet is an extraordinary reenactment of the life of Maribarbola, dwarf-prophet of Mariana, the wife-niece of Felipe IV of Spain. This captivating tale, written in elegant and sumptuous prose, is an exquisite portrayal of court life in a well-rendered historical fiction, one that kept me turning pages into the wee hours, wanting to read the conclusion yet sorrowful to know it would soon end."-Nina Romano, The Secret Language of Women, Lemon Blossoms, and In America "Mari is a sympathetic protagonist, and Patitucci does a good job of depicting the precarious, often heartbreaking, existence of dwarves in the 1600s. The court politics are fascinating, as are many of the players, especially fellow court dwarf Nicolas. Inspired by the life of the dwarf Maribaribola, depicted in Velazquez's masterpiece Las Meninas, this debut novel will likely appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory and the HBO series Game of Thrones."-Library Journal "Patitucci masterfully builds a compelling narrative around a seemingly minor servant. What sets this author apart from many other historical fiction writers is that she clearly did very careful research to prop up her fictional accounts. The sufferings and triumphs of the queen and her dwarfess are believable, and I found myself unable to put the book down on many a night. Kudos to Patitucci on her first foray into historical fiction!"-San Francisco Book Review "Patitucci is to be commended for tackling a tricky location and time in history. Early modern Spain doesn't receive attention from most historical fiction authors, who might prefer the same period, but in England or France (under the reigns of Charles II or Louis XIV). She really does make the extravagance of every jewel on the king's finger apparent, as well as the cruelty of society, come to vivid life."-Bookreporter.com