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By Francine Prose

The tale of a troupe of actors in seventeenth-century Italy, from “one of a handful of actually quintessential American writers” (Gary Shteyngart).

The excellent Ones are an not likely troupe of actors, touring up and down the seventeenth-century Italian nation-state acting commedia dell’arte for kings, for peasants, for an individual with coin. there's Armanda, the pleased dwarf and ex-nun; chattering Columbina; Pantalone the miser; and the depraved Brighella—all led through Flaminio Scala, the self-proclaimed so much brave guy in Christendom.

But for all their wild modifications, now not certainly one of them is ready for the coming of Isabella, their mysterious new director, who's approximately to show their entire international upside down.

Dramatic and inventive, this story of experience, love, and theater is a historic romp from the award-winning, New York Times–bestselling writer of novels, together with Lovers on the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, and Household Saints, in addition to the literary consultant ebook Reading Like a Writer.

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