'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 Thirty something 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.
Anyone who has ever had a foreign love affair will appreciate the subtlety with which Martin weaves her spell. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE (1.8.04)
acute and playful reading. - GUARDIAN (17.7.04) - Sarah Dunant
Valerie Martin's ITALIAN FEVER is an absolute joy to read...[it] is part love story, part ghost story, and a wholly enjoyable and intelligent summer read...This is a wise, intelligent novel about how bad writers can suffer just as much for their art as good ones, and how true friendship is better than a thousand kisses. It should be enjoyed both in its own rights, and as a worthy addition to the growing line of Tuscan fictions. - NEW STATESMAN (19.7.04) - Amanda Craig
Smart and sophisticated, this novel takes us on a journey from which we return, like Lucy, utterly changed - OPTIONS XII
Haunting and atmospheric, this is read with understated aplomb by Francine Brody - BOOKS QUARTERLY
Martin's writing works best in the detail...[She] captures the tragic humour of DV's funeral and acutely observes the petty manipulations of Massimo. She also creates a vivid sense of dislocation as Lucy is both physically frail and unable to understand the language and cultural norms of the world in which she finds herself. - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (4.7.04) - Kath Murphy
Part love story, part murder mystery, part psychological study...Valerie Martin's familiarity with Italy is put to good use in her renditions of the Tuscan countryside and of Rome, but it is in her vivid descriptions o
A dark rendering of the 'American in Italy' story. - HARPERS & QUEEN (July)
Beautifully written. - EVE (August 2004)
Valerie Martin is one of America's finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning Property and also the acclaimed Mary Reilly, which was filmed by Stephen Frears. Her most recent novel, her tenth, is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste.
She is the author of three collections of short stories and Salvation, a biography of St Francis.