L'America by Martha McPhee

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In the brilliant Greek sunshine of a small Aegean island, Beth and Cesare meet-and thus begins a transformative love affair that spans two continents, two decades, and two lifetimes. Cesare is a cosseted Italian boy, raised in a prosperous town where his family has lived for five hundred years; Beth, an ambitious American dreamer born to hippies and raised on a commune. The events of September 11 serve as a catalyst for the unfolding of their story, in which passion struggles against the inexorable force of patria. An examination of the intersection between Europe and America, the old and the new, L'America is above all a remarkable evocation of the dizzying, life-changing power of first love.

The novel of the American in Europe has a long and lustrous pedigree. Now Martha McPhee joins the ranks of its most impressive practitioners.
 

About Martha McPhee

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MARTHA McPHEE is the author of two previous novels, Bright Angel Time and Gorgeous Lies, which was a National Book Award Finalist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She teaches at Hofstra University and lives in New York.
 
Published April 3, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Martha McPhee's ungainly new novel, "L'America," reads like a shotgun wedding between Henry James and Nora Roberts. Needless to say, this marriage turns out to be highly dysfunctional.

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An American girl loves Italy and Italians; an Italian boy loves America and Americans.

Jun 04 2006 | Read Full Review of L'America

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Misha Berson New York Times 1 of 5 Stars "Martha McPhee’s ungainly new novel, L’America, reads like a shotgun wedding between Henry James and Nora Roberts, between James’s international theme (probing the tension between American innocence and European sophistication) and the sappy conventio...

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