That Summer in Sicily | EW.com

Books

That Summer in Sicily Lost while on assignment in Sicily in 1995, travel writer Marlena de Blasi happened upon a charming villa overseen by a woman named Tosca. Shortly ...That Summer in SicilyNonfiction, Biography Lost while on assignment in Sicily in 1995, travel writer Marlena de Blasi happened upon a charming villa overseen by a woman named Tosca. Shortly ...2008-05-16Ballantine
B-

That Summer in Sicily

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography; Author: Marlena de Blasi; Publisher: Ballantine

Lost while on assignment in Sicily in 1995, travel writer Marlena de Blasi happened upon a charming villa overseen by a woman named Tosca. Shortly into de Blasi’s stay, Tosca shared her life story: As a poor, WWII-era adolescent, she was taken in by a Sicilian prince, fell in love with him, and began an affair years later. That Summer in Sicily is a pleasant enough story that seems a bit too clichéd — you can imagine Tosca and the prince on the cover of a cheesy romance novel — but de Blasi’s delightful, all-too-brief descriptions of the villa and its superstitious residents nearly redeem the book. B-

More from Our Partners