The Apprentice Lover
By Jay Parini
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060935566, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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When Alex Massolini's brother is killed in Vietnam, he drops out of Columbia University and leaves his conservative family behind for Capri to become secretary to Rupert Grant, a famous British novelist and poet who dominates the island like a latter -- day Prospero. Alex soon finds himself ensnared in a web of love affairs, friendships, and rivalries within the eccentric community that inhabits the idyllic beauty of the isolated Italian island.
The Apprentice Lover traces a young American's enchantment and disenchantment -- with his American past, his new European mentor, and the various inhabitants on an island famous for its characters.
Michael Hoffman is a filmmaker known for creating complex and layered stories with great attention to detail and character. A skilled writer and director, he has worked on both feature films and documentaries, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Emperor's Club, Game of Six, and the ESPN documentary Out of the Blue. The Last Station is his most recent film.
Jay Parini is a professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. A writer and academic, he is best known for his novels and poetry. He is the author of the novel The Last Station, which is now a major motion picture from Sony Classics.
“Delightful … a rich cast of characters … Parini does a superb job.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“[Parini] expertly navigates this multilayered narrative.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Pleasure-filled … Parini writes lovingly and evocatively.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Richly compelling … Parini renders the mentor-apprentice dynamic with great sensitivity.”