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This is the sequel to A Thousand Days in Venice. I love Marlena's style and attention to the tiny details that make this story an invitatin to fully join her. You feel her joys and sorrows and actually live daily in the tiny Tuscan village along with her and her husband. To complete the experience she includes recipes of the dishes she mentions, and the overall effect is one of longing to be right there. I found it hard to put the book down.
Aug 23, 2007
This is the further adventures of an American who leaves her home, her country , and her family to marry a Venetian and make a new life in Italy. After renovating and selling their apartment in the Lido, they rent a farmhouse outside of an Tuscan Village and move in. This book explores the foibles of the new friends they make in the village. Marlena and her husband throw themselves into their new lifestyle and become members of the village.Their adventures will make you laugh and cry.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-26 From its opening scene of an impromptu alfresco village feast of fried zucchini blossoms, fennel-roasted pork, and pudding made from the cream of a local blue-eyed cow, this memoir of the seasons in a small Tuscan village is rich with food, weather, romance and, above all, life. De Blasi continues the adventures begun in her A Thousand Days in Venice, as she and her husband, Fernando, leave Venice for Tuscany in search of "a place that still remembers real life... sweet and salty... each side of life dignifying the other." Fortunately, the two are adopted by Barlozzo, an elderly local eager to share his knowledge of the old ways. He introduces them to the local customs: grape harvesting, truffle hunting, bread baking, etc. Although the book teems with food references, including recipes for intriguing traditional dishes, de Blasi is more than a sunny regional food writer-she digs into the meaning of life. As she fights Fernando's periodic depressions and brings him back to joy, gains Barlozzo's trust and love, learns his troubling lifelong secrets and comes to terms with the death of a beloved friend, she immerses her readers in life's poignancy, brevity and wonder. Agent, Rosalie Siegel. (Nov. 5) Forecast: Fans of Frances Mayes's oeuvre will gravitate to this, as well as those who read A Thousand Days in Venice. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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