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An Italian Affairby Laura Fraser
Synopses & Reviews
When Laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. There, on the island of Ischia, she meets M., an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. What they both assume will be a casual vacation tryst turns into a passionate, transatlantic love affair, as they rendezvous in London, Marrakech, Milan, the Aeolian Islands, and San Francisco. Each encounter is a delirious immersion into place (sumptuous food and wine, dazzling scenery, lush gardens, and vibrant streetscapes) and into each other. And with each experience, Laura brings home not only a lasting sense of pleasure, but a more fully recovered sense of her emotional and sexual self. Written with an observant eye, an open mind, and a delightful sense of humor, An Italian Affair has the irresistible honesty of a story told from and about the heart.
"Sweet, smart. We are smitten from the start....How Fraser makes such familiar material fresh and alluring is the heart and soul of this likeable, assured memoir." O Magazine
"Fraser's narrative is both a grand travelogue and a thoughtful look at reclaiming independence." Conde Nast Traveller
"In a perfect world, all romance novels would read like Laura Fraser's An Italian Affair....Yes, the book is about the author's sensual reawakening and, inescapably, her sensual healing. But Fraser, a hedonist to the core (though not a heedless one), is no narcissist. She offers up each encounter as a series of delicious descriptions of meals and landscape and sights. She can afford to be discreet in the sexual passages because of the sensuality that pervades the book. And she lets you feel as if you're sharing each encounter with her, an effect heightened by her use of the second person. Fraser is an unusually generous memoirist. When she gets lucky so do her readers." Charles Taylor, Salon.com
Book News Annotation:
Freelance magazine writer Fraser tweaks a few details (people's names and identifying characteristics) but retains the flavor of falling madly and unexpectedly in love with a stranger after her husband left her for his high school sweetheart. Nursing her broken heart in Italy, Fraser met an aesthetics professor from Paris, and together they traveled from one exotic spot to another, enjoying delicious food, sex, and conversation. Fraser's memoir/travelogue (written, in mildly eccentric fashion, in the second person) describes how the affair and travels helped her come to terms with her dissolving marriage and begin to get on with her life.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
When Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she sets off for southern Italy where she meets M, an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. This intimate, sensuous travelogue is wrapped around their unlikely but true love story.
About the Author
Laura Fraser lives in San Francisco.
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