The Smile - Donna Jo Napoli Napoli writes wonderfully. Only a few pages into this book and I truly felt like I was in Renaissance Italy. The writing is urgent which makes the story move quickly. All the characters are well rounded. As you may know from other Napoli books, she doesn't shy away from tragic yet undeniably realistic endings. This book will make you sad, but it's incredibly good and adds much to the mysterious Mona Lisa painting.