The Italian Party (Hardcover)
What appears at first to be a fizzy book about newlyweds in 1950's Italy turns out to be full of secrets and Cold War intrigue.— Carol
One of the Wall Street Journal's "Six More Books to Read This Winter" - "Required Reading," The New York Post - Library Journal's "Spring/Summer Bests" of 2018 - A Sonoma Index-Tribune Bestseller - One of CrimeReads' "Debuts to Discover Spring 2018"
"Deeply funny." --The New York Times Book Review podcast
" A] sweltering thriller set against the backdrop of what is probably your dream getaway destination: Tuscany." --Bustle
"Tremendous fun Wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft." --Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers
"Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/Cold War Italy through the eyes of Americans, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way--plus there are spies Affairs and lot of food " --Giada De Laurentiis
"Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex. The Italian Party is a fizzy, page-turning delight that begs for a Campari and soda " --Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me
"I've always wanted to take a trip to Italy in the 1950's and The Italian Party is my ticket. Like the best Italian paintings, this smart and funny book deftly combines the light and the dark. Christina Lynch's prose pairs well with any hearty Tuscan red." --Conan O'Brien
Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.
When Scottie's Italian teacher--a teenager 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, and filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, prosecco, charming spies and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.
About the Author
Christina Lynch's picaresque journey includes chapters in Chicago and at Harvard, where she was an editor on the Harvard Lampoon. She was the Milan correspondent for W magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany. In L.A. she was on the writing staff of Unhappily Ever After; Encore, Encore; The Dead Zone and Wildfire. She now lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She is the co-author of two novels under the pen name Magnus Flyte. She teaches at College of the Sequoias. The Italian Party is her debut novel under her own name.