Book Title: All the Way to Italy: A modern tale of homecoming through generations past
Author: Flavia Brunetti
Category: Adult Fiction, 222 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction (can fit into YA Fiction as well)
Publisher: Ali Ribelli Edizioni
Release date: April 21, 2018
Tour dates: April 23 to May 18, 2018
Content Rating: PG for the occasional use of “for God’s sake” and a few religious references (though very mild). No violence, no swear words, and no sex scenes.
Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will journey throughout Italy, hoping to find the answers she needs to move on with her life so she need never look back. She’ll enlist the help of the woman who raised her, Sira, her father’s sister; but Sira has secrets she’s kept for decades, and Little underestimates the power of the country she fled years before.
In this powerful story of mixed cultures in a world trying to globalize, one girl’s struggle to leave her home behind will lead her back to the women in her family and the memories each of them has safeguarded through the generations. From war-torn Italy to the belpaese of today, All the Way to Italy is a tale for those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.
GUEST POST WITH FLAVIA BRUNETTI
The best places in Rome to curl up and write
When I was writing All the Way to Italy, I was still living in Rome, and sometimes, out of nowhere, I would get sidelined by writer’s block. There I’d be, curled up on my bed, staring at the blank page on my laptop, and nothing would come. So, after staring around the room blankly, hoping inspiration would come out of nowhere and wrestle me to the computer, I would eventually get up and take a walk outside. Turns out, this solved my problem. Being out in the middle of life in Rome, sitting on the sidelines watching it buzz by in all its riotous color, was exactly what needed to be running through my veins. Here are some of the places that became my favorite nooks to scribble my book (and which have the handy dual value of also being awesome to visit when you’re in Rome, whether or not you’re looking for a place to jot your thoughts down!):
Piazza Trilussa: This piazza was named after one of the Eternal City’s most beloved poets (I love him so much, I put him in the book!). One of the crossroads of the famous Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, this is the perfect piazza to people-watch in: just grab a snack and a notebook, walk up to the top of the stairs that lead to the 17th-century fountain, and settle in. When you’ve absorbed enough Roman life that you feel a pang of hunger, you can grab a pizza al taglio (Via di Santa Dorotea 2, you can thank me later) for lunch and have a proper wander through one of Rome’s most scenic areas.
Il Pantheon: This one can get a bit crowded, and I obviously don’t mean to go sit inside the great structure itself, but the fountain in the piazza outside is the perfect perch. The Pantheon is also my absolute favorite monument in the city, made even more magical early in the morning before the rush of people. If you can manage to get there not long after dawn, it will be just you, the morning light, and this behemoth of the ages. And if that doesn’t make you want to write/take pictures/draw/dance/rejoice, then you probably need an espresso, an amazing one of which you can find around the corner at Sant’Eustachio Caffé in Piazza di Sant’Eustachio!
The Orange Garden: Also known as Parco Savello, this wonderful hidden gem is not only a fantastic place to loll about on the grass, it also boasts an incredible view of the city. A hop, skip and a jump away is the famous keyhole of the Knights of Malta, which you can stroll over to as soon as you’ve wrapped up that amazing book (whether you’re reading it or writing it!).
If you’ve been to Rome, let me know if you’ve been to any of these places, and what your own favorite spots are! And if you’re heading there soon, I hope you add these to the list, and fall in love with Italy’s inimitable capital.
|Photo credit: Roberta Perrone|
Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso. You can find her city blog on Rome at whichwaytorome.com and her portfolio of published writing at flaviinrome.com.
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