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Fiction. A yearning for adventure, a desire for fulfilment, and the need to get on with life after an unsuccessful liaison lead Harriet Sackett to the village of Vitorchiano in the heart of the Italian countryside. The year is 1922. Her intention is to photograph and research Etruscan tombs on behalf of the Theosophical Society. Some months later Sarah, Harriet's friend since childhood, and her husband Stephen, Harriet's cousin, meet up with Harriet in Florence. Sarah becomes deeply worried about Harriet's welfare and on her return to London sends her housekeeper, Mrs Parsons to help out for a while. Almost immediately, an urgent telegram summons them back to Italy. Mrs. Parsons has arrived to find Harriet emaciated, on the point of collapse and unable to communicate. The atmosphere in the country cottage is deeply unsettling and the only clue to her condition is the discovery of a diary—a diary documenting a passionate relationship with the mysterious Federigo Del Re.
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Linda Lappin, the author of two prize-winning novels, THE ETRUSCAN and Katherine's Wish, was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she also worked as a translation assistant to the International Writing Program. A former Fulbright fellow to Italy, she currently divides her time between the US and Italy, where she has taught English in Italian universities for over twenty years. Her essays, reviews, and short fiction appear regularly in US periodicals. Her short fiction has been broadcast by the BBC World Service Radio. She is at work on a second Daphne Dublanc mystery novel, Melusine, set in Bolsena and on a memoir, entitled Postcards from a Tuscan Interior.Author City: ROME ITA