Hunting Piero

Author: Wendy MacIntyre
ISBN: 9781771871488 Categories: Fiction, Coming of Age
Publication Date: 1 October, 2017
Dimensions: 6 x 8.62"

This novel interweaves Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo’s fifteenth-century viewpoint with the twenty-first-century reality of two young Canadian students: Agnes Vane, an art history major fascinated by di Cosimo’s multi-layered imagery, and Peter (Pinto) Dervaig, a student of philosophy passionate about preventing cruelty to animals. Both Agnes and Pinto were marginalized in their adolescence because of their unusual appearance. Agnes has slightly simian features. Pinto is a huge man with a multihued skin pigmentation. When Agnes, as a lonely and alienated child, discovers di Cosimo’s empathetic paintings of animals and human-animal hybrids, she feels she is looked upon gently for the first time in her life. That moment influences her decision to become an animal rights activist, a commitment that ultimately brings her both anguish and insight. Her story is echoed by chapters from di Cosimo’s perspective as he pits his solitary vision, of a golden age when animals did indeed speak, against the dictatorial grip in which Savonarola, destroyer of secular art and culture, holds the city of Florence. Hunting Piero is the tale of a passionate moral quest, and equally, a story of redemption and of love tested by tragic missteps and their deadly consequences.

About the Author

Wendy MacIntyre works as a freelance writer and editor in Carleton Place, ON. She has published scholarly essays and short fiction in journals in Canada, the US, and Britain, including The University of Windsor Review and The Malahat Review. Her novels are Mairi (Oolichan Books), The Applecross Spell (XYZ Publishing/Dundurn), Apart (Groundwood Books), and Lucia’s Masks (Thistledown Press). Apart was named one of the ten best picks for young adult fiction for 2007 by the Ontario Library Association and a 2008 Starred Selection Best Books for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

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Mairi (Oolichan Books)
The Applecross Spell (XYZ Publishing)
Apart (Groundwood Books)
Lucia’s Masks (Thistledown Press)

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