A Thousand Days in Venice

A Thousand Days in Venice

An Unexpected Romance

eBook - 2013
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"An irresistible grown-up love story." -- USA Today "Better than a romance novel, it's the real thing." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune "The story sounds impossibly romantic . . . [But] this moonstruck tale is absolutely true . . . It is, surprisingly, a story with a happy ending -- reached, as real-life happy endings must be, not by fiat but by accommodation." -- The Boston Globe "A little cioppino of a book, a tasty stew with equal parts travel adn food and romance, spiced up with goodly amounts of fantasy-come-true." -- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer "The 'happily-ever-after' is riveting and the recipes are mouthwatering just to read." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry "the stranger," as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn't even know she was missing.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781616202750
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (250 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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QnVz
Jul 11, 2017

A quirky, fun book. Descriptive and chronicaling a love story later in life. Sweet and tasty as romances go.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

A delicious biography for anyone who loves to read about food, romance and Venice. A chef and a food critic, Marlena is sent to Venice to write an article and instead finds herself falling in love with a venetian bank manager who looks like Peter Sellers. After one morning of coffee and conversation she heads back to the States and finds that in that brief encounter she has met her destiny. In the next eight months she packs up her life in St. Louis and moves to Venice to marry the stranger, against the wishes of her grown children and many of her friends. Her new life has many challenges, but in the end, love does seem to conquer all.

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susanlovesbooks
Jan 25, 2014

There are sentences in this book that are so beautifully written I would re-read them just to savor the sounds and ideas. The story is full of gentle humor as well as unexpected passion between a Venetian man and an American woman who meet by chance and then strive to build a life together.

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lozza1401
Jun 01, 2013

I loved this book, so descriptive and in depth. If you liked Under The Tuscan Sun you will enjoy this too, about life and love in Italy.

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Ubalstecha
Jan 08, 2010

A beautifully written book about Marlena's falling in love with a Venetian man she has just met. The language is beautiful in this book. There were turns of phrase that had me alternately chuckling and weeping. And given that she is a food writer, Marlena includes recipes of some of the food she cooked.

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macierules
Jan 07, 2010

This is a very charming story. If you love travel lit - you'll really enjoy this book.

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