Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of ateenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. Sowhen her mother, Nonna, receives a mysterious letter telling her aboutan even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, the three of them throwcaution and convention to the wind: they leave for Italy. What theyencounter is a crumbling old village and a town divided: half believethe villa belongs to Ben Raphael, an unnervingly handsome American. Ascultures clash, gossip soars, and intrigue unfolds, Gemma is caught upin the most disturbing -- and delicious -- trouble she's ever had. Andher summer in Tuscany will change her outlook -- and her life -- forever.
When Gemma Jericho learns that her feisty Italian mother has inherited land in her Tuscan hometown, she reluctantly makes the pilgrimage to assess the new family compound. What awaits this over-worked single mother in the tiny, sun-baked village of Bella Piacere is the stuff of dreams: a band of friendly locals who unfurl their red-checked tablecloths for her welcome feast, a crumbling but stately villa that surpasses her expectations by a dozen rooms and even the possibility of knee-weakening romance. The audio version of Adler's dramatic tale breathes new life into the sumptuous backdrop and colorful cast of characters. Narrator Lawson is equally convincing whether she's channeling a cynical Manhattan teenager or a middle-aged Italian innkeeper-and this is no small feat given Adler's dialogue-heavy, regionally accented prose. The one weak spot in the performance is Lawson's depiction of Gemma Jericho's mother, Nonna, whose tired, gravelly voice hardly matches her spirited actions. Otherwise, this audio book will provide a delightful escape from the real world, where surprise inheritances rarely have the capacity to inspire such widespread excitement and transformation. Based on the St. Martin's hardcover (Forecasts, July 8, 2002). (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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St. Martin's Press
June 14, 2003
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Excerpt from Summer in Tuscany by Elizabeth Adler
Let me tell you right from the start, you wouldn't want to know me. Especially on a Saturday night. Why? Because that's when it's toughest here in the emergency room, and the only reason you would ever get to meet me is if you were wheeled in here on a gurney. Then it would be my face looking down at you under a glare of white light, saying, What's your name?... Where does it hurt?... Who did it?...
I'm Gemma Jericho, resident-in-charge at New York's Bellevue Hospital Trauma Department, and Saturday night is always hell on wheels. Right now I'm forging through the usual weekend mayhem of stabbings, shootings, and road accidents, wailing women and haggard drunks, overdosed addicts and a poor limp baby in a frantic mother's arms. I'm on an adrenaline high, calling instructions, going from victim to victim: an intubation; a CAT scan; another shot of ephi; tending the comatose baby; paging the pediatric surgeon.
Sometimes I ask myself, What am I doing here? How did I get here? Why are most of my Saturday nights spent like this? Where's my life? Then I catch a glimpse of myself and I see the answer.