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The Italian phrase Mai due senza tre — "never two without three" — forms the basis of Andrea Lee's spellbinding novel of betrayal. Sophisticated and richly told, Lost Hearts in Italy reveals a trio caught in the grip of desire, deception, and remorse.

When Mira Ward, an American, relocates to Rome with her husband, Nick, she looks forward to a time of exploration and awakening. Young, beautiful, and in love, Mira is on the verge of a writing career, and giddy with the prospect of living abroad. On the trip over, Mira meets Zenin, an older Italian billionaire, who intrigues Mira with his coolness and worldly mystique. A few weeks later, feeling idle and adrift in her new life, Mira agrees to a seemingly innocent lunch with Zenin and is soon catapulted into an intense affair, which moves beyond her control more quickly than she intends. Her job as a travel writer allows clandestine trysts and opulent getaways with Zenin to Paris, Monte Carlo, London, and Venice, and over the next few years, now the mother of a baby daughter, she struggles between resisting and relenting to this man who has such a hold on her. As her marriage erodes, so too does Mira's sense of self, until she no longer resembles the free spirit she was on her arrival in the Eternal City. Years later, Mira and Nick, now divorced and remarried to others, look back in an attempt to understand their history, while a detached Zenin assesses his own life and his role in the unlikely love triangle. Each recounts the past, aided by those witness to their failure and fallout.

An elegant, raw, and emotionally charged read, Lost Hearts in Italy is a classic coming-of-age story in whichcultures collide, innocence dissolves, and those we know most intimately remain foreign to us.

Review:

"The publicity material that accompanies 'Lost Hearts in Italy' announces that this is Andrea Lee's 'first novel in over twenty years,' which makes the author sound like some kind of venerable recluse, but her 'Russian Journal' was nominated for the National Book Award when she was in her late twenties, so she's still as hip as hip can be.

This novel, set, of course, in Italy, reads like... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Each enrapturing scene shimmers with sensual, psychological, and historical nuance. Each encounter is choreographed with the deadly elegance and precision of a fencing match." Booklist

Synopsis:

From National Book Award nominee Lee comes a lush, sophisticated novel about a young American abroad in Rome caught in the center of a heated love triangle.

About the Author

Andrea Lee was born in Philadelphia and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University. She is a former staff writer for the New Yorker, and her fiction and nonfiction writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The New York Times Book Review. She is the author of Russian Journal, the novel Sarah Phillips, and the short story collection Interesting Women. She lives with her husband and two children in Turin, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400061693
Author:
Lee, Andrea
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Americans
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
243
Dimensions:
9.52x6.32x.94 in. 1.11 lbs.

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