Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig
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In her delightful reimagining of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Amanda Craig slyly serves up a witty cross-cultural farce, a modern-day tale of love and lies set against the magical landscape of Tuscany.

When Theo, a workaholic lawyer, his English wife Polly, and their two children rent an idyllic Italian villa, they expect a relaxing summer holiday together. Polly, with her loved ones’ romantic interests at heart, has invited an eccentric mix of friends and family along--including three eligible bachelors, a former model, an Indian-British divorcee with a young son, and her own appalling mother-in-law. They soon discover the Casa Luna is a strange, enchanted place where people find their heart's desire—but at a price. Everyone falls in love, though not with the people they expect, and the results are surprising and hilarious.


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About Amanda Craig

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Amanda Craig is the author of Foreign Bodies, A Private Place, A Vicious Circle, and, most recently, In a Dark Wood. She lives in London and writes regularly for the Times, the Sunday Times, and the New Statesman.www.amandacraig.comFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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British author Craig (In a Dark Wood, 2002, etc.) mixes and matches them energetically, echoing Midsummer’s actions and revealing (sometimes inexact or overlapping) correspondences between her characters and Shakespeare’s: Theo and Polly are regal Theseus and Hippolyta;

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Anyone who has seen Titian's sumptuous painting, The Worship of Venus, might think that it is the ultimate expression of the Italian love for children.

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Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig Little, Brown £12.99, pp344 Amanda Craig's fifth novel takes the form of a contemporary telling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, set in a Tuscan hill-top villa with luscious gardens tumbling down into dark woods.

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Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig 344pp, Little,Brown, £12.99 Amanda Craig has been banging the drum for light-hearted literature.

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With slapstick confusion, magic potions, and Shakespearean references galore, Craig crafts a modern-day Midsummer Night's Dream in the story of a husband and wife vacationing at an Italian villa with their wacky friends and family.

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