Synopses & Reviews
He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice cafe a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But within months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando--the stranger, as she calls him--and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met.
Vibrant but vaguely baffled by this bold move, Marlena is overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of her new home, its rituals and customs. But there are delicious moments when Venice opens up its arms to Marlena. She cooks an American feast of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she learned in the Poughkeepsie middle school gym to a candlelit trattoria near the Rialto Bridge. All the while, she and Fernando, two disparate souls, build an extraordinary life of passion and possibility.
Featuring Marlena's own incredible recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enchanting true story of a woman who opens her heart--and falls in love with both a man and a city.
One day Marlena de Blasi fell in love with a stranger, moved from America to a new life in Venice and fell even more deeply in love with the city. At once both a story of adjustment and a description of Venetian manners, her account is adorned with recipes and details about Italian life.
Memoir of an American woman's whirlwind romance with an Italian, and with the city of Venice. Should appeal to readers of "The Olive Farm" and "Under The Tuscan Sun". A memoir with elements of both travel and food writing, giving it even broader appeal. "An irresistible, grown-up love story" "USA Today".