Get ready to have all your illusions of the glamorous Italian expat life shattered in this hilarious, irreverent memoir of a young American woman's romantic (or rather, unromantic) misadventures in the eternal city. Handsome, charming Roman men; perfectly made cappuccino and risotto; breathtakingly beautiful antiquities and that incomparable Italian light--none of these are perhaps quite as idyllic as they might seem to the casual traveler. With a jaded eye but an always vulnerable heart, Geoghegan gives us the anti-Eat, Pray, Love, a tale every bit as atmospheric but way funnier than the runaway best-seller. This is what life in Italy really looks like when you're a 30-something woman running from grief and trying to find her way back to love.
Elizabeth Geoghegan is the author of Natural Disasters:Stories and The Marco Chronicles: To Rome Without Love, a Kindlebestseller, winner of the Travelers' Tales Solas Gold Prize for Memoir, and selected for The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10. Most recently, her essay about her friend and mentor, "Smoking with Lucia Berlin," was among The Paris Review's "Best of 2015." Geoghegan earned her MFA in Fiction from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and her MA in Creative Writing from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Rome.
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Rome was the first foreign city that I visited many years ago, and I've always had a special fondness for the city. Apparently the author has also, since she's lived there for years, but she wasted no time in disabusing readers of the possibilities of a glamorous romance with an Italian man, calling Rome a "romantic wasteland." It's not La Dolce Vita for a single woman. After going through the list of Italian boyfriends she's had, I can believe it.
Ms. Geoghegan's Kindle Single is laugh-out-loud funny in places, sexually explicit in others, and always very readable. This is not the Rome of the travelogues. It's a grittier look at the Eternal City from a single woman's view, and it's fascinating reading.
Don't quit your job, give away all your furniture, and set off for your new life in Rome without giving this hilarious book a read first. Part warning, part tongue-in-cheek celebration, author Elizabeth Geoghegan tells you the things you REALLY want to know about life in the Eternal City. She shines a glaring spotlight on Roman life, the (ahem) allure of the Latin Lover, and the clash between the expectations of the female American expat and reality of the Italian male. If anything, use it as a guidebook for anthropological purposes on your next safari. It's true that not everyone fits so neatly into their stereotypes, but Geoghegan has a knack for finding confirmations of them.
Okay, full disclosure, so I'm one of those girls who imported her husband when she set sail for the old world. I required one solemn promise from my guy when we moved here: that he wouldn't become one of those pavoni.... or one of those blissfully sinister collaborators in mammone. So I get this. I really GET it. But there's more than just getting it here that makes it worthy of a read: 1. The voice pulls you in from go as it clocks you across the jaw. There will be no Eating, Praying, and Loving under any sun, Tuscan or otherwise. In fact, Tuscany starts and ends as a memory in this piece. So, real estate porn, it is not. 2. Men? There are no men in this story, just boys. Though Geoghegan does not point it out, Italians use the word "boy" until the age of about 40, and that's not accidental. 3. It's not about Rome, as much as it is about that bitch talking you into selling your soul to live in a place that will do its best to disappoint. More important, this is a story of...
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