The magic of Chocolat meets the charm of Il Postino in this love story set in a forgotten Tuscan village, brimming with unforgettable characters, an enchanting setting, and more than one happy ending. When Leo Pizzola returns from America to Santo Fico--a tiny, forgotten village in Tuscany--he discovers more than the now neglected vineyard of his childhood. There's Marta, Leo's first and only true love, who will barely speak to him now; Topo, his once trusting, but now leery, best friend; and Father Elio, the village's pillar of faith who is experiencing a spiritual crisis all his own. When Leo and Topo are forced to orchestrate a series of manmade miracles--each more botched than the last--the end results are truly. . . miraculous. The Miracles Of Santo Fico pours forth with the stories of a village that is rediscovering the beauty of life itself and the nature and meaning of miracles.
Author Biography: D. L. Smith lives in Oregon with his wife and two sons.
Smith chronicles a series of romantic and religious shenanigans in his debut novel, a pleasant but meandering affair set in the tiny Italian village of Santo Fico, where residents capitalize on the local tourist trade by diverting buses to a religious fresco depicting the miracles of St. Thomas. On the temporal plane, the novel revolves around the adventures of middle-aged Leo Pizzola, who returns to Santo Fico from Chicago. He tries to rekindle his unrequited romance with Marta Fortino, the town beauty, who makes her living by cooking for the incoming tourists. He also renews his friendship with several old comrades, but his troubled relationship with the local priest, Father Elio, surfaces when Leo steals a piece of the St. Thomas fresco during an earthquake that nearly destroys the work of art. To help Elio get over his subsequent crisis of faith (and to win Marta's heart), he tries to make his own miracle by repairing an old fountain in the middle of town. Smith's writing is long on Old World charm and the details of village life early on, but the dearth of a strong central plot undercuts the strong beginning. He has a nice feel for his Italian setting and an obvious love for his quirky characters, but the combination of nuance and atmosphere isn't enough to carry an entire novel. Agent, Liv Blumer. (Jan. 8, 2003) Forecast: Foreign rights have been sold in Germany, Holland, Japan, Spain and the U.K.; Smith will embark on an author tour of three Northwest cities; and ads in Time and People will further boost sales. Browsers will be drawn in by the cover art, which practically screams "Tuscany!" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Grand Central Publishing
January 07, 2003
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