[a Novel of the Middle Ages]Book - 2010
"The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320--mute from birth and forced to shun normal society--young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are considered damnable heresy. When darkness descends upon her world, Auda--newly grown to womanhood--is forced to flee, setting off on a remarkable quest to discover love and a new sense of self . . . and to reclaim her heritage and the small glory of her father's art"--P.  of cover.
“Watermark is a powerful novel about the destructive forces unleashed by ignorance and superstition. Readers will care deeply for the courageous Auda.”
—New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman
Watermark is a magnificent debut by Vanitha Sankaran—an atmospheric and compelling novel about the search for identity, the power of self-expression, and value of the written word, set during the dark days of the Inquisition in Medieval France. Readers who were captivated byThe Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease or Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Bookwill be enthralled by this thrilling journey to a colorful and dangerous past.
Born with albinism and mutilated after birth so she could not speak the devil's lies, Auda learns her father's craft of papermaking and becomes a scribe for local nobility, only to find herself under scrutiny when the papal Inquisition arrives in her medieval city.