'An absolute joy to read a novel that is part love story, part ghost story, and a wholly enjoyable and intelligent summer read' Amanda Craig, New Statesman
'Taut, honed and surprising' Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
Thirtysomething New Yorker Lucy Stark leads a quiet, solitary life working for a bestselling - but remarkably untalented - writer. When he dies at a villa in Tuscany, Lucy flies to Italy to settle his affairs. What begins as
a grim chore soon threatens her self-reliance and her very sense of reality.
In Italian Fever, Valerie Martin evokes a modern woman's headlong tumble into a world where E.M.Forster's angels feared to tread. Smart and sophisticated, this novel takes us on a journey from which we return, like Lucy, utterly changed.