The Italian Party

The Italian Party

Book - 2018
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Newly married [in 1956], Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of Italy, America, and each other. When Scottie's Italian teacher--a teenager with secrets of his own--disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband, and her country. Michael's dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250147837
Branch Call Number: F LYNCH
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeChristineS Jul 22, 2018

While there’s some mystery and intrigue in this drama, the main characters were likable and kept this book fresh and light. I can picture the setting and the 50’s Italian designer clothing. Each chapter was felt new. Enjoyable.

ArapahoeStaff26 Jun 29, 2018

The heroine of this debut novel (of an American couple living in Italy in 1956) is a pretty, good-natured, spirited California transplant. Her sweetness informs the mood of the story which involves some tough political and social issues of the 1950's. As a CIA agent her husband's job requires him to use all means possible to sway the local city election toward the Christian Democratic candidate and away from the Communist. Both husband and wife bring other secrets to the marriage, he is gay, she is pregnant out of wedlock. Although this book wrestles with serious social and political issues of 1950's American culture, the essential good nature of the main characters and the pleasures of Italian life make this a very enjoyable read.


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