Date(s) - 05/06/19
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

University Book Store


The Palazzo Rucellai is one of the most famous buildings in the world: the house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the 15th century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior, to a courtyard suicide, to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I, to a recent murder on its third floor.

When art historian Allison Levy discovers a room for rent in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn—inside the house and out. Her residency in Palazzo Rucellai is informed as much by the sense of desire giving way to disappointment as by a sense of denial that soon enough must succumb to truth. House of Secrets is about the sharing of space, the tracing of footsteps, the overlapping of lives. It is about the willingness to lose oneself behind the facade, to live between past and present, to slip between the cracks of history and the crevices of our own imagination.