- Location(s): Maine
- Genre(s): Fiction, Gastro, Romance
- Era(s): Modern
When Holly Maguire inherits “Camilla’s Cucinotta,” her late grandmother’s home-based Italian cooking school in Blue Crab Island, Maine, twelve of the sixteen students for the upcoming fall class drop out. After all, Holly isn’t a seventy-five-year-old Milanese love goddess,...
- Location(s): Hollywood
- Genre(s): Fiction, Satire
- Era(s): 1940s
Subtitled An Anglo-American Tragedy, Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One is a witty satirical novel on artistic integrity and the British expat community in Hollywood. The more startling for the economy of its prose and plot, this novel’s story, set...
- Location(s): Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Genre(s): Fiction
- Era(s): pre WW2
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras’s childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of...
- Location(s): Cornwall
- Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
- Era(s): 1813
Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half-forgotten in a dank cave, amongst a pile of stolen goods. Yet the tiny vessel and its inscription Amor gignit amorem haunts the lives of the still-feuding Poldark and Warleggan families, as Ross,...
- Location(s): Southern California
- Genre(s): Young Adult
- Era(s): 1950s
Shelly fells as if she’s living in a fantasyland. She’s spending the school year in southern California, where flowers bloom in November, oranges grow on trees, and lawns are mowed in winter. When the star of the basketball team...
- Location(s): London
- Genre(s): Historical, Romance
- Era(s): Victorian (late 19th century)
Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by...