The Italian Party (Hardcover)
St. Martin's Press, 9781250147837, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
A delicious and sharply funny page-turner about "innocent" Americans abroad in 1950s Siena
One of the Wall Street Journal's "Six More Books to Read This Winter"
Included in Library Journal's "Spring/Summer Bests" of 2018
Real Simple: "Perfect for anyone who has dreamed of escaping life to live abroad, and addresses how the political can influence the personal in ways we might never expect."
"Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex. The Italian Party is a fizzy, page-turning delight that begs for a Campari and soda " --Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me
"Tremendous fun Wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft." --Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers and The Expats
Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.
When Scottie's Italian teacher--a teenager with secrets of his own--disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael's dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.
Half glamorous fun, half an examination of America's role in the world, and filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, prosecco, charming spies and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.