A Stopover in Venice: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - Fiction - 305 pages
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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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Kathryn Walker received an MA from Harvard University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has appeared in leading roles on and off Broadway and received an Emmy Award for her performance in the PBS series The Adams Chronicles. She has adapted and directed a series of classical Greek productions for the Verse Drama program at the 92nd Street Y and has been an artist in residence at Harvard. She lives in Tesuque, New Mexico, and Washington, Connecticut.

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