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That Summer in Puglia
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Valeria Vescina | 2 comments "That Summer in Puglia" is a tale of loss and of the power of love in its many forms. It had its debut at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in March 2018. The narrator, Tommaso, has escaped discovery for thirty years – but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down in London. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, he recounts the story of his life and of his great love, Anna.

The Southern Italian region of Puglia provides an ideal setting: its layers of history and culture are integral to the story, of which it is the quiet protagonist. Tommaso's increasingly vivid memories of its sensuous colours, aromas and tastes, and of how it felt to love and be loved, and to grieve, eventually overwhelm and transform the discomforting tone with which he at first tries to keep Will at a distance. Most of the plot unfolds in the hilltop whitewashed town of Ostuni, an ancient maze of alleyways and hidden corners.

I was born and brought up in Puglia, educated in Switzerland and the UK, and I live and work in London as an author, critic and teacher.

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Jennifer S. Alderson (jennifesalderson) | 38 comments Wonderful! Summer in Puglia sounds fascinating. Great to know more about you, your book's settings and your writing.

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Valeria Vescina | 2 comments Thank you, Jennifer - and for setting up this tremendous group!

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