A Stopover in Venice: A Novel
An enchanting debut novel--a fairy tale of sorts.
The time is the present. The novel opens on a train en route to Verona. A young American woman is on an Italian tour with her famous musician husband. In a moment of fury and despair at their lifeless marriage, she drags down a piece of her luggage and gets off the train in the countryside. Marooned and on her own for the first time in eight years, she returns to Venice, gets a room at the Hotel Gritti Palace, sets out to explore the city, and chances on a group of boys tormenting a small dog, which she rescues and smuggles into the hotel.
The following day she is accosted by a man who claims that the dog belongs to his employer. Reluctantly she follows him to a Gothic palazzo and to the dog's owner, an elderly contessa. The young woman becomes faint. The contessa insists that she stay the night . . .
What started off as an impulsive act of defiance opens out into an adventure--and a mystery--that summons up centuries of the Venetian past, the discovery of a lost masterpiece, and the heroine's reclamation of herself.
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While on a concert tour of Italy with her husband, a celebrated but self-absorbed musician, Cornelia rebels at seeing nothing but concert halls and railroad depots. After leaving Venice, she decides ... Read full review
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Nel, an American, is traveling through Italy with her famous pianist husband when she suddenly despairs of her life and gets off the train. They had just left Venice, an enchanting place, but her ... Read full review