That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story

By Marlena de Blasi
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8.58 Hours 05/15/2008 unabridged
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One summer in Sicily, Marlena de Blasi entered a world of unforgettable magic when she discovered the secret Sicilian villa of Donnafugata. There, life was ruled by ritual and by an unassailable seventy-year-old matriarch and protectress, Tosca. Willowy and aloof, with an aura of a distant time, Tosca was a woman whose life story begged to be told. In the warmth of Tosca’s garden, Marlena would receive bountiful lessons of life and love as the story of Tosca’s fairy-tale romance with an Italian prince unfolded.

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A New York Times Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

One summer in Sicily, Marlena de Blasi entered a world of unforgettable magic when she discovered the secret Sicilian villa of Donnafugata. There, life was ruled by ritual and by an unassailable seventy-year-old matriarch and protectress, Tosca.

Willowy and aloof, with an aura of a distant time, Tosca was a woman whose life story begged to be told. In the warmth of Tosca’s garden, Marlena would receive bountiful lessons of life and love as the story of Tosca’s fairy-tale romance with an Italian prince unfolded.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The great Marlena de Blasi writes fairy tales for grownups.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author
“This book reads like a suspense novel complete with a surprise ending, and though Tosca’s story is compelling, it’s in de Blasi’s telling of it that the true magic lies.” Publishers Weekly
“Marlena de Blasi’s That Summer in Sicily leaves you both enthralled and cynically envious…A joyous beach or backyard read that could transport you to distant climes.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Enthralling…A love story that embraces the culture and character of Sicily.” Library Journal
“An extraordinary tale of passion and love stretching over decades of the twentieth century. Admirers of this author will relish her latest volume.” Booklist
“[A] fragrant tale of life and love in the mountains of Sicily…Swift, sinuous, deep, and brimming with cultural artifacts.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Marlena de Blasi

Marlena de Blasi, who has worked as a chef and food and wine consultant, lives in Italy, where she assembles and conducts gastronomic tours of the various regions. She is the author of three previous memoirs, A Thousand Days in Venice, A Thousand Days in Tuscany, and The Lady in the Palazzo.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English