I enjoyed this book for some very personal reasons - I lived in Florence when I was growing up, specifically Fiesole. And in 1967 I returned to Florence for 3 months to study. So much of what is described was familiar to me and perhaps that is what made it such a great read. I did not want it to end - perhaps I will try another one by the same author. The narrative changes from first person to 3rd person and back again. It is well written and the descriptions of Italy for that time are right on.
Read this before you read The Italian Lover.
This story is about young woman who returns to Florence Italy, a place she visited in her youth with her late mother. She is an American librarian and book conservator coming to help restore precious artifacts damaged by the flood of 1966.
She soon discovers friendship, love, self-fulfillment and a new home, while ultimately achieving the greatest work of her career restoring a lost Renaiisance book of erotica.
For anyone who has visited Florence and even the uninitiated, every page brings a joyful reunion with historic sites and neighbourhoods that still retain the vigor and glow sparked by the creative fire of the Renaissance.
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