\u201cMan is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.\u201d \u2014 Oscar Wilde The desire to understand who we are and what we will become sends two protagonists down two very different courses in \u201cThe Orphan\u2019s Song.\u201d Grab a mask and explore the canals of Venice in our latest read. The Orphan\u2019s Song by Lauren Kate Lauren Kate paints a vibrantly musical tale in her latest novel, \u201cThe Orphan\u2019s Song.\u201d The story is told from the perspectives of Violetta and Mino, two orphans living at the Hospital of the Incurables during the 1700s. Both orphans are deeply passionate about music and seek an escape from the hospital where they were raised. Mino wants to live happily ever after with Violetta, but she wants to join the Incurables\u2019 exclusive chorus and spend her life singing. After life separates the two musicians, the winding canals of Venice pull the two back into each other\u2019s orbit. Violetta\u2019s desire to sing and to live a life outside the constrictions of the Incurables leads her to perform at a club in disguise. Mino\u2019s grief at losing Violetta leads him down a meandering path and to a new love. Kate\u2019s writing echoes with the musicality of Mino\u2019s violin as she weaves her story around Venice\u2019s masked grandeur. Readers will find themselves enchanted not only by Mino and Violetta\u2019s tangled story, but by the beauty of another time. From the book jacket\u2026 \u201cVenice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta\u2019s voice, she is selected for the Incurables\u2019 world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.\u201d If you enjoy\u2026 Readers who enjoy the sweeping descriptions of Venice in \u201cThe Orphan\u2019s Song\u201d might also enjoy exploring Elizabeth Gilbert\u2019s \u201cCity of Girls.\u201d Gilbert\u2019s latest novel will transport readers to the glitter and glitz of 1940s Manhattan.