By Marlena de Blasi
Looking a few peace and quiet from renovations at through Del Duomo, Marlena de Blasi escapes to the mountains of Tuscany the place she meets the extreme Antonia, imperious matriach of 4 generations of strong-willed Tuscan ladies. the subsequent quantity of memoir from the writer of the foreign bestseller 1000 Days in Venice.
The renovations to 34 through del Duomo now entire, Marlena de Blasi, the bestselling foreign writer and girl with the 'fairytale life', longs to discover time and area to complete a ebook. Lured by way of a friend's provide of an easy stone cottage in a distant province of western Tuscany and far-off from the distractions of lifestyle in Orvieto, she units off for a interval of solitude. input Antonia.
Imperious, tempestuous, Antonia is the still-stunning aged matriarch of a classy family members of 4 generations of gorgeous blue-eyed, high-bottomed, high-strung hellions, each one with a narrative of her personal. Mistrustful of visitors and outsiders, Antonia baits and clashes with Marlena, units out to spoil her fragile peace and ship her packing. but the 2 are interested in each other. strolling jointly within the pre-dawn Tuscan gentle over the excessive meadows to forage for wild herbs, cooking and feasting with the family members, an affinity grows among them, a sympathy which belies the variations of their a long time, cultures, characters and histories and conjures up Antonia to bare her negative secrets.
Evocative, robust, haunting, the narrative offers compelling perception into Tuscany's contemporary earlier and an uncensored investigate one amazing woman's tale.
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