L'America (Paperback)

By Martha McPhee

Mariner Books, 9780156032360, 304pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

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In the brilliant Greek sunshine of a small Aegean island, Beth and Cesare meet—beginning a transformative love affair that spans two continents, two decades, and two lifetimes. Cesare is a privileged Italian boy, raised in a prosperous town where his family has lived for five hundred years; Beth, an ambitious American dreamer born to hippies and raised on a commune. The events of September 11 serve as a catalyst for the unfolding of their story, in which passion struggles against the inexorable force of patria.

The novel of the American in Europe has a long and lustrous pedigree. L’America adds to this lineage, an evocative portrait of the intersection between Europe and America, the old and the new, and the dizzying, life-changing power of first love.

About the Author

MARTHA McPHEE's novel Gorgeous Lies was a National Book Award Finalist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She teaches at Hofstra University and lives in New York.

Praise For L'America


"Exquisitely romantic, exquisitely sad, this very contemporary love story relates the classic tale of the American abroad in its own haunting voice."—THE BOSTON GLOBE

"McPhee is a brilliant stylist, and here she creates characters so palpably real, they seem to ache on the page."—THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

-author of An Italian Affair

"The sort of smart, passionate, all-consuming, impossible love affair that is both breathtakingly sensual, shockingly selfish, and, finally, bafflingly cruel."