Saturday, July 02, 2005

July 2005 Selection


Summer is the time when life slows down a little and we can languor, luxuriate and dream. Our book club’s mission is to speak directly to the heart of women’s experiences. With both those things in mind, I can’t think of a better time to read Marlena De Blasi’s “A Thousand Days in Venice”.

It’s the story of what happens to a woman who has the courage to dream that her life can be completely different from everything she has known. The book is the author’s real life story of what happened to her when she took a trip to Venice, Italy and met the man of her dreams. “The Stranger”, as she calls him, is nothing she ever imagined her soul mate would turn out to be. But ultimately, based on a desire to live a life more fully realized she gives up her home and business in St. Louis, Missouri and moves to Italy. Her exquisite details about daily life in Venice will make you feel like you’re there living each day with her. She talks about the challenges of living in another city where you don’t speak the language or know a single soul. Yet it is in the expansion of her comfort zone and the letting go of everything she knows that she gets a gift far richer than the life she’s had before.

Despite their very romantic beginnings, she and her husband, Fernando, learn to do what every couple, around the world learns to do: actually live with each other and create a life together, day-to-day. De Blasi was a professional woman who enjoyed a full life as a restaurateur, food critic and journalist. Her portrayal of her romance and ultimately marriage is very realistic and is at the heart of this enchanting story. She really looks at what it took for her as a highly independent woman to really let go of all of her defenses and allow love to come into her life. De Blasi describes her horror at seeing her amour’s home for the first time. The transition from leaving the comforts of her American home to the squalor of bachelor living will have you in tears of laughter. Their beautiful and realistic love story is wrapped in a confection of details of Italy and all its beauty.

Please join us for another sparkling event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at SouthPark Mall later this month to discuss “A Thousand Days in Venice”. Details on date and time will be in a forthcoming issue of The Charlotte Weekly or check back at this blog for more information.

Happy Reading!
Alison

2 comments:

Karen Bigham said...

When will we meet to discuss 100 Days in Venice? It hasn't been published yet in CW -- please let us know! Also, here are two suggestions for future book picks:

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts, who wrote Where the Heart Is

The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall

Anonymous said...

GREAT IDEA!!! I just love Billie Letts.