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“A writer who picks up his readers by the scruff of the neck and won’t let go.”
“L’Heureux’s efforts to weave myth., extremity, and a religious note into [various] settings are high risk. The result is powerful and original.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A deeply ambitious novelist, one who isn’t afraid of dealing with dark themes and what it means to be fully human, especially in the frightening and ecstatic world we create behind the darkened bedroom walls.”
—New York Times Book Review
"A novel bursting with love -- collegial, artistic and erotic. John L'Heureux brings to life the bliss and treachery of the Italian Renaissance through prose as passionate as his characters. Deeply enjoyable, THE MEDICI BOY soars like an operatic aria, before breaking our hearts."
—David Henry Hwang, Toby and Obie award winning playwright, of M. Butterfly, FOB, The Dance andThe Railroad
"Lust, envy, greed. Pride. Wrath. Set John L’Heureux loose in 15th-century Florence; give him Donatello, Cosimo de Medici, a royal flush of deadly sins, and a boy too handsome for his own good, and watch a master at work, and at play. There is no time and no place and no human transaction that L’Heureux can’t plunder to assemble the kind of novel his fans expect, and his fans-to-be have never before encountered. Luminous, intelligent, funny, shocking, and, yes: revelatory."
—Kathryn Harrison, New York Times Bestselling Author, ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR