A long relationship ends. At 48, house taken by the bank, Lorri has little money. What can she do? And where can she go? Gathering her meager savings and her two beloved cats, she escapes England for a new life in a remote Italian village, never imagining the intrigue, passion and adventure she will find. Unable to speak Italian, she survives by letting her bedroom to English tourists. She sleeps in the sitting room; it's stifling on the floor, but earning €50 a night makes every flea-bitten moment worth it. When she meets Ronaldo, seven years younger than her, she embarks on a tempestuous love affair. But, having been raised in an institution with the priests since the age of three, nothing is easy for him and he is unaccustomed to love. Meanwhile, a Quasimodo-like character is watching Lorri in the alleyway; anonymous letters arrive; there's a young rival for Ronaldo's affection; and Sherif, a mysterious man in a black suit, constantly follows her… And hovering in the background is Lionello, the undisputed “wise man”, giving advice while enjoying the wonderful theater Lorri brings to his village. Then disruptive friends arrive and create havoc: Maudie has given up sex and drink and become spiritual; Julian, a Glaswegian hairdresser with dreams of becoming an actor, brings Lorri face-to-face with her ex. A final choice has to be made.
©2012 Laura Graham (P)2012 Laura Graham