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A Thousand Days in Venice (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Marlena De Blasi

Published: 2003-06-03
Paperback : 304 pages
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He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her ...
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He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But within months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met.

Vibrant but vaguely baffled by this bold move, Marlena is overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of her new home, its rituals and customs. But there are delicious moments when Venice opens up its arms to Marlena. She cooks an American feast of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she learned in the Poughkeepsie middle school gym to a candlelit trattoría near the Rialto Bridge. All the while, she and Fernando, two disparate souls, build an extraordinary life of passion and possibility.

Featuring Marlena’s own incredible recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enchanting true story of a woman who opens her heart—and falls in love with both a man and a city.


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Italian!
by FTessa (see profile) 08/14/12
This book begs to be discussed in an Italian restaurant, over lots of wine and great food. Leave room for the tiramisu!

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  "A surprising love story"by FTessa (see profile) 08/14/12

In November 1993 the author arrived in Venice with two friends in tow. She didn’t know that a chance encounter in a restaurant would change her life. This is a delicious memoir of a love that surprised... (read more)

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