Mark Mills, “The Savage Garden” (2007)

mark-mills-the-savage-garden-2007“A villa in the Tuscan hills is the setting for this gracefully executed literary puzzle. A Cambridge student wins a fellowship to study the villa’s Renaissance garden, built by a Florentine banker in memory of his wife. Consulting sources like Ovid and Dante, he is able to unlock the garden’s shocking secrets.” [. . .]    –Elsa Dixler, The New York Times, May 25, 2008