A Stopover in Venice by Kathryn Walker

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Nel Everett, a young American woman, is touring Italy with her famous musician husband when, in a moment of fury, she pulls down her luggage and gets off the train. As her life speeds away down the tracks, Nel is marooned and on her own for the first time in eight years.

Bewildered, Nel returns to Venice where she encounters a tiny dog who leads her to a enigmatic stranger, a contessa, and a decaying Gothic palazzo. She is soon drawn into a world of charismatic characters, centuries of Venetian history, and the mystery of a lost masterpiece. What begins as a tale of loneliness and heartbreak opens into a dazzling, enchantingĀ  story of secrets and self-discovery in a magical city.

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About Kathryn Walker

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Kathryn Walker attended Harvard University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. She has appeared in leading roles on and off Broadway and has received an Emmy Award for her performance in the PBS series The Adams Chronicles. She adapted and directed a series of classical Greek productions for the Verse Drama program at the 92nd Street Y and has been an artist in residence at Harvard. She lives in Tesuque, New Mexico, and Washington, Connecticut.
Published August 19, 2008 by Anchor. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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Emmy Award–winning actress Walker debuts as a novelist with this love letter to Venice, written in the guise of a romance about an American woman who takes a hiatus from her unhappy marriage.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Stopover in Venice

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Walker's debut of love, loss, renewal, art and history is set in a sensually realized Venice and follows the physical and emotional wanderings of an unfulfilled wife. While on tour with her fa

Jun 02 2008 | Read Full Review of A Stopover in Venice

San Francisco Chronicle

Consequently, Nel becomes fascinated by the life of the house - both its present life, as inhabited by Lucy and Matteo, an art historian Lucy has employed to help her uncover an elaborate fresco, and its past life as a convent that was founded for patrician women of the city.

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