The Apprentice Lover by Jay Parini
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When Alex Massolini's brother is killed in Vietnam, he drops out of Columbia University and leaves his conservative family behind for Capri to become secretary to Rupert Grant, a famous British novelist and poet who dominates the island like a latter -- day Prospero. Alex soon finds himself ensnared in a web of love affairs, friendships, and rivalries within the eccentric community that inhabits the idyllic beauty of the isolated Italian island.

The Apprentice Lover traces a young American's enchantment and disenchantment -- with his American past, his new European mentor, and the various inhabitants on an island famous for its characters.


About Jay Parini

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JAY PARINI is a poet, biographer, scholar, and author of seven novels, most notably The Last Station, which has been translated into twenty languages and has just been released as a feature film. He is the D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middle­bury College, and the author of Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The stress on Alex, Holly and particularly Marisa takes its toll, and Alex leaves Capri on a sour note.

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THE APPRENTICE LOVER is lucky to have a riveting protagonist like Alex Massolini.

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