THE ITALIAN PARTY (St.MartinPress) by Christina Lynch was so different from what I expected. It turned out to be a delightful read about husbands, wives, secrets, lies, the CIA, communism, prosecco and delicious pasta dishes, all set in Tuscany – 1950’s Sienna, Italy.
Newly married, Scottie and Michael Messina arrive in Sienna under the false pretense of Michael selling new Ford tractors to farmers in the rich countryside of Tuscany. Scottie’s unaware Michael is really a closeted gay man with a lover in Rome and working for the CIA to stop to threat of communism in Italy. Michael’s unaware Scottie’s pregnant with another man’s baby and has some other secrets she hasn’t shared.
When Scottie’s Italian teacher—a teenage boy with secrets of his own—disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.
Half glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world, THE ITALIAN PARTY is a smart pleasure. Open a bottle of Chianti and mange.
Christina Lynch is a novelist, television writer and professor.
A former Milan correspondent for W and Women’s Wear Daily, she has written on staff for television shows such as The Dead Zone, Encore! Encore!, Unhappily Ever After and Wildfire.
A devoted educator, she has taught television writing forUCLA Extension, and is a full-time tenure track Professor of English at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she is also the faculty advisor for the literary magazine.
I saw this ad for Christina’s novel and through it was absolutely fabulous!
THE ITALIAN PARTY will be published March 20th. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about a trip you took to Italy, or what you imagine Italy would be like.
We’ll pick a winner soon. Good luck.