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My Sweet Curiosity tells the story of Natalya, a young medical student, too smart for her own good, who twists an already complicated genetic background rooted in the Romanov family into an impossible fantasy of reproductive technology which ultimately reveals its own strange truth. Talya falls in love with Dai Ling, a cello student of extraordinary talent, and daughter of Jia Song Xiang, doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.
Set in modern day Toronto, the story ventures into Renaissance Europe, looking over the shoulder of Andreas Vesalius as he opens the body and maps it accurately for the first time; to Beijing where Dai Ling's parents meet and emigrate before the Tianenmen Square massacre; to Palestine, following Vesalius on his pilgrimage; to the deathbed of Talya's mother in a Geneva cancer clinic.
My Sweet Curiosity explores the border between fact and fiction, the relation between medical science and music, and the enduring mysteries of the human body.
I was strongly compelled and moved by the story and your ability to bring me into the inner world of the characters. The integration of the lyrical, factual, and narrative elements, which has been so ambitious in all your books ... was thrilling. The writing itself was so rich with sensual imagery, but always felt fully integrated. Pure pleasure to read.
Amnon Buchbinder, Filmmaker
Discovering Amanda Hale is like discovering that there are stars somewhere beyond the reach of city lights and gaudy neon signs … a writer who combines the love of the body with the search for the soul in a way that truly evokes the questing spirit of Renaissance Man.
Gillian Chase – Reviewer
I love the tapestry of characters and the way you weave them together … This book is a great place to go to every evening when the day is done!
Julie Simmons, Astrologer.