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  • Little, Brown US

The Italian Lover

Robert Hellenga

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An exhilarating novel of romance, art and food in Florence, featuring the beloved Margot Harrington, who graced Robert Hellenga's The Sixteen Pleasures.

Margot Harrington s memoir about her discovery in Florence of a priceless masterwork of Renaissance erotica - and the misguided love aff air it inspired - is now, 25 years later, being made into a film. Margot, with the help of her lover, Woody, writes a script that she thinks will validate her life. Of course, their script is not used, but never mind - happy endings are the best endings for films, as Margot eventually comes to see. At the former convent in Florence where The Sixteen Pleasures - now called The Italian Lover - is being filmed, Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the unknowability of other cultures and other people.

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Praise for The Italian Lover

  • This being Italy there are affairs, fiery outbursts, and lots of rich food. This bieng Hellenga, the story is just as rich. - New York Times

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