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Elizabeth GafneyRylands's Venice isn't the wonderland people flock to for romance, sightseeing and history. Her characters take old-master altarpieces for granted and mostly overlook the shimmering light on the canals. The city depicted here is not a destination, as it was for Thomas Mann and Henry James. Instead, it's home: pet dogs strolling on the vaporetto docks, old ladies hauling their shopping home through the calles, faded aristocrats in fiscal distress - and a whole generation of youngish Venetians who want nothing more than to flee to the mainland. It's a welcome spin on such a famous and well-documented setting.
— The New York Times