A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi
An Unexpected Romance

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Lyrical and poetic, the author's writing is a joy to the senses, as Marlena and Fernando revel in the simplicities of life and enjoy newfound friendships.
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Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls 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; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando.
This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

 

About Marlena de Blasi

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An American chef and food and wine journalist, Marlena de Blasi has written five memoirs, a novel, and two books about the regional foods of Italy. She lives with her husband in the Umbrian hilltown of Orvieto. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 283 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Romance. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 20 2010

Love stories are easy targets, but no one will scoff at the genuine and cheering affection depicted so generously here.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 04 2002

De Blasi's breathless descriptions of her improbable love affair can be cloying, but she makes up for these excesses with her enchanting accounts of Venice...

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Reviewed by Sheri Melnick on Feb 08 2016

Lyrical and poetic, the author's writing is a joy to the senses, as Marlena and Fernando revel in the simplicities of life and enjoy newfound friendships.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on May 17 2003

The true story simmers slowly so that those who demand instant gratification will want to pass. Those readers who relish a tasteful morsel (and a few recipes) will appreciate this true eternal love story...

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Reviewed by Lisa on Nov 07 2013

Most of all, De Blasi makes you want to take a chance and to look for passion in your life. What more can you ask?

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