Slight and and pleasing, told almost entirely in dialogue. Ann Weil accomplished something unusual--her characters speak with the rhythm of Italian, but it doesn't come across as broken English. The mother is especially delightful: "His mother lived with the constant fear that everyone around her was going to starve to death, and her whole life was spent in trying to avoid that great tragedy." I don't think she has more that five lines in the whole book that aren't about food. These ARE the people I knew on Elba (although they would object strongly to the idea that they were anything like the natives of Capri).