When my only child left for college, I gently informed him, “I’m going out the door behind you with my passport in my pocket.”
I took an apartment in Florence on a lively street called Via Tavanti and within days, my Under the Tuscan Sun fantasy ruptured along with a pipe leading from one of my two bidets. I tried not to take it as a bad omen. But when I incurred the wrath of my Mafia princess neighbor, I knew I had only two choices: run like hell or let the drama unfold.
I opted for DRAMA. (I’m a writer, after all.)
Come with me on my mid-life adventure, which begins on a fateful day in a Florence piazza when I meet an irrepressible Romeo…the first of many Tales from Tavanti, the funny, poignant, romantic memoir of my year in Italy.
The Secret of Marie book tour 2016:
April 21, 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library (main branch), Santa Monica, CA
April 26, 7 p.m. Altadena Library, Altadena, CA
April 30, 1:30 p.m. Del Mar Library, Del Mar, CA
May 6, 7 p.m. Nichols Library, Naperville, IL
May 9, 5:30 p.m. Eager Free Public Library, Evansville, WI
May 26, 7 p.m. Glen Rock Public Library, Glen Rock, NJ