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Who inspired Cervantes to tilt at windmills?

In Golden Age Spain, Dolça Llull Prat, a wealthy Barcelona woman, falls in love with an impoverished poet-soldier named Miguel Cervantes. It is a forbidden relationship, one that overcomes several obstacles, until the fledgling writer renders her as the lowly Dulcinea in his Don Quijote masterpiece, unwittingly exposing her to ridicule and gossip.

“This is a beautiful book about art and love, and the passions that ignite them both.”

Sarah Blake, award-winning author of Naamah and Clean Air

“Dulcinea is a marvel—richly imagined, luminously written, and deftly textured. With meticulous attention to detail and a cast of characters flawed, fascinating, and indelible, Ana Veciana-Suarez recreates a lost world and invites us in.”

Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize–winning commentator and author of The Last Thing You Surrender

“Dulcinea is full of fervor and adventure, and Ana Veciana-Suarez writes with assurance and an eye for detail. The feminist reimagining we’ve always needed!”

Gabriela Garcia, New York Times bestselling author of Of Women and Salt


About Ana Veciana-Suarez

Ana Veciana-Suarez is a recipient of a CINTAS Fellowship and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the state of Florida for fiction writing. A syndicated columnist, her commentary has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Woman’s Day; Reader’s Digest; and various newspapers and websites. She lives in Miami.

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