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The Italian Party is a sneaky book: half glamorous fun, half an examination of America's role in the world. Scottie and Michael, young newlyweds arriving in Siena in 1956, are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty and the sensory experience of a summer in the ancient city. But their reasons for being there-and the secrets they are keeping from each other-force them beneath the beautiful surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America, and each other.
When Scottie's Italian teacher, a teenager with secrets of his own, goes missing, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband, and her country. Michael's dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate, and love to a new kind of complicated truth.
Filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, Prosecco, handsome locals, and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.
Christina Lynch's picaresque journey includes chapters at Harvard, where she was an editor on the Harvard Lampoon, and in Milan, where she was correspondent for W magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany. In L.A. she was on the writing staff of Unhappily Ever After,; Encore, Encore; The Dead Zone; and Wildfire. She now lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and teaches at College of the Sequoias. The Italian Party is her debut novel.