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Harcourt, 2007 - Fiction - 294 pages
In the brilliant Greek sunshine of a small Aegean island, Beth and Cesare meet--beginning a transformative love affair that spans two continents, two decades, and two lifetimes. Cesare is a privileged Italian boy, raised in a prosperous town where his family has lived for five hundred years; Beth, an ambitious American dreamer born to hippies and raised on a commune. The events of September 11 serve as a catalyst for the unfolding of their story, in which passion struggles against the inexorable force of patria.The novel of the American in Europe has a long and lustrous pedigree. L’America adds to this lineage, an evocative portrait of the intersection between Europe and America, the old and the new, and the dizzying, life-changing power of first love.

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McPhee (Gorgeous Lies, 2002) uses the star-crossed, cross-Atlantic affair of a young American woman and her Italian lover to muse on questions of national character and the power of history in ... Read full review

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Engaging novel about a romance between a man from a wealthy, but tradition bound Italian family and a free spirited American woman. Interesting for the way it runs backward and forward in time. More than a romance novel. .novel Read full review

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About the author (2007)

MARTHA McPHEE’s novel Gorgeous Lies was a National Book Award Finalist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She teaches at Hofstra University and lives in New York.

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