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Nick Taddeo

Published by Foremost Press at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Nick Taddeo

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To Anastasia, my mother,

whose strength of character

and unyielding determination,

infuses Anna of the novel


A single grape dangling on the shoot of a mature vine holds all the promise of a child about to take a first step into the unknown. That was Anastasia in her youth: excited, unknowing, bright, unschooled, yet longing to begin her life in a profession governed by nature’s unfathomable whims.

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