My House in Umbria

My House in Umbria

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by William Trevor
     
 

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Mrs. Emily Delahunty-a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam-quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past. Then one day her world is changed forever as the train she is riding in is blown up by terrorists. Taken to a local hospital to recuperate, she befriends the other

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Mrs. Emily Delahunty-a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam-quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past. Then one day her world is changed forever as the train she is riding in is blown up by terrorists. Taken to a local hospital to recuperate, she befriends the other survivors-an elderly English general, an American child, and a German boy-and takes them all to convalesce at her villa, with unforeseen results.

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"[My House in Umbria] reminds you what good reading is all about." (Anne Tyler, Chicago Sun-Times)

"Trevor's is among the most subtle and sophisticated fiction being written today." (John Banville, The New York Times Book Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142003657
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"[My House in Umbria] reminds you what good reading is all about." (Anne Tyler, Chicago Sun-Times)

"Trevor's is among the most subtle and sophisticated fiction being written today." (John Banville, The New York Times Book Review)

Meet the Author

William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Devon, England
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1928
Place of Birth:
Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
Education:
Trinity College, Dublin, 1950

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My House in Umbria 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'My House in Umbria' is a beautifully written book and extremely enjoyable for anyone who loves Italy. I had seen part of the HBO film adaptation and was very intrigued by the main character of Emily Delahunty. The novella is short - only 150 pages - but the author (and the first person narrative) create vivid character descriptions with limited space as well as accurately describing the Italian countryside. While the themes dealt with - terrorism, abandonment, prostitution - would seem to be extremely depressing, the tone of the piece is actually rather lighthearted and humorous and never overly sentimental. I highly recommend this book - perfect reading for a summer afternoon. It will leave you wanting to read more about the main character of Mrs. Delahunty. The film adapatation is also well worth seeing.