Synopses & Reviews
In these brilliantly realized, linked tales, the real Venice is revealed - not the iconic tourist destination the city has become, but the mysterious society that resides behind its elegant doors and shuttered windows. With a sly and affectionate delicacy, Jane Turner Rylands, an American expatriate who has lived in Venice for thirty years, portrays a dozen Venetians- a construction foreman, a countess, a gondolier, a postman, an architect, a Baronessa, an English lord - as they pursue their respective interests. And in turn, through the perspective of those who live and work in this most alluring of cities, Venetian Stories illuminates canals and palazzos, churches and gondolas, large concerns and small rituals, with an uncommon intimacy.
"Rylands's intricately worked mosaic will please anyone heading to Venice or dreaming of the next visit." Publishers Weekly
"[F]or anyone who has been bewitched by Venice, the melancholy of Venetian Stories rings true, and it is, indeed, part of the enchantment of the stories and the remarkable city that inspired them." Seattle Times
"Rylands...uses both keen observation and her vantage point as an outsider to create engaging characters. She is also wickedly funny when she exposes foibles and punctures pretentions." Library Journal
"The reader slowly sees the never-ending circle of gossip, intrigue, and heart-wrenching stories of diminished wealth, uncertainty, and gloom that occurs in a city that will never again be what it once was, in a society that is, perhaps, as polluted as the Grand Canal itself." Booklist
About the Author
Jane Turner Rylands grew up in Ohio and graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. She taught English for the University of Maryland's European division for seventeen years. She has lived in Venice since 1973 and is married to Philip Rylands, the director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.