Deepest Blue

A Novel

“This is an engaging story that moves at a blistering pace . . . a powerful tale that takes us to a mythical place where magic and the simple and purest joys in life are prized above all else . . . If you haven’t read a book by Tarquini before then I can only encourage you to sit down and strap yourself in for the ride with faith.”
—Sandra Ruttan, author of The Spying Moon and What Burns Within

Brigadoon meets Pippin in a quirky tale of grief steeped deep in a truth from Italian folklore—remember what helps, forget what hurts, give what remains permission to soar.

In Panduri, an enchanted city seen only at twilight, everyone’s path is mapped, everyone’s destiny decided, their lives charted at birth and steered by an unwavering star. Everyone has his place, and Matteo, second son of Panduri’s duca is eager to take up his as Legendary Protector—at the border and out from under his father’s domineering thumb. Until Matteo’s older brother pulls rank and heads to the border in Matteo’s stead, leaving Panduri’s orbit in a spiral and Matteo’s course on a skid. Forced to follow an unexpected path, resentful and raw, Matteo is determined to rise, to pursue the one future Panduri’s star can never chart: a life of his own.

Author: Mindy Tarquini

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

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“Tarquini spins a haunting, lyrical fantasy dealing with love, loss, and political turmoil . . . Patient readers will be rewarded by the mysteries at the heart of these brothers’ struggles, “There’s a lot to like about Tarquini’s Italian-inflected fantasy story, starting with her often lyrical prose.”
Kirkus Reviews

which slowly unfold until the last past.”
Publishers Weekly

Deepest Blue is a paean to the indelible journey of life, from expectation and station to our destinies and hopes. Braiding myth and fairy tale into melodic prose that borders on poetry, Tarquini gives us a story of yesterday, today, and, most importantly, tomorrow. The world of Panduri’s characters are deftly drawn, their discordant desires juxtaposed with a world seemingly in demand of harmonic balance. The author carefully conducts her brilliant third novel with her signature deft humor and wry insight. Through deep grief and even deeper love, Tarquini brings readers a new symphony of our stars: hope, light, life, and dreams.”
—Camille Griep, author of Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues

“Mindy Tarquini, weaver of magical stories and poetic prose, has spun a riveting tale of royal brothers whose lives churn with conflict and rock with the consequences of word and deed. Deepest Blue sets an undaunted gaze upon the mysterious city of Panduri, and into the family dynamics that manage to keep love afloat even when all seems lost.”
—Jan Von Schleh, author of But Not Forever

“This is an engaging story that moves at a blistering pace . . . a powerful tale that takes us to a mythical place where magic and the simple and purest joys in life are prized above all else . . . If you haven’t read a book by Tarquini before then I can only encourage you to sit down and strap yourself in for the ride with faith.”
—Sandra Ruttan, author of The Spying Moon and What Burns Within

About the Author

Mindy Tarquini grew up convinced that there are other worlds just one giant step to the left of where she’s standing. Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Hindsight (SparkPress 2016) and The Infinite Now (SparkPress 2017), Tarquini’s writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, BookPage, Hypable, and other venues. An associate editor on the Lascaux Review and a member of the Perley Station Writers Colony, Tarquini is a second-generation Italian American who believes words have power. She plies hers to the best of her ability from an enchanted tower a giant step left in the great Southwest.

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