An Italian Affair

An Italian Affair

by Laura Fraser
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An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser

When Laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for the Italian island of Ischia, to nurse her shattered ego. There she meets M., an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. What they both assume will be a casual vacation tryst turns into a passionate, transatlantic love affair, as they rendezvous in Marrakech, Lago Maggiore, Stromboli, London, and San Francisco--each encounter a delirious immersion into place (sumptuous food and wine, dazzling scenery, lush gardens, and vibrant streetscapes) and into each other. And each experience also becomes for Laura another step toward a fully recovered sense of her emotional and sexual self.

Both travelogue and memoir, An Italian Affair is wonderfully made of rich, sensual detail, with the irresistible honesty of a story told from and about the heart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587243776
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 01/17/2003
Series: Wheeler Softcover Ser.
Edition description: LARGEPRINT
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Laura Fraser lives in San Francisco.

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Italian Affair 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really brings out the life of italy and drags you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I finished it in a day and cant wait to read her next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An Italian Affair is the most unusual memoir that I have ever read about how a woman coped with divorce. When I describe the book to other people, they refuse to believe that it is not fiction. But the author says that the events occurred, and only the names have been changed. For those who like their romances to be exotic and perfectly shaped, An Italian Affair will lend new fanatasies. On the other hand, those who are concerned about proper behavior will wonder about the author's pursuit of pleasure with a married father. Whether you admire or admonish Ms. Fraser, you will be charmed by her marvelous writing and sense of joy. Ms. Fraser's marriage broke up in a most ugly way. Her husband of a year told her he had changed his mind about having children, and began staying out late. One night, she came home to find him cavorting with an old high school girl friend. After the divorce, he married the old girl friend and had a child with her. Ms. Fraser is now past 35 and feels her chance to be a mother ticking away. She is bent by the betrayal, but unbroken. Her work as a writer takes her around the world, and while visiting friends in Italy, she is encouraged to find an Italian lover on the island of Ischia. Soon Italian men are showing interest, but she connects instead with a Parisian who is half Italian on his annual vacation without his wife and children. His wife also sees other men, and they seem to have an 'open' marriage. He is waiting for a Spanish brunette who has stood him up, but Ms. Fraser doesn't find out about this until later. M. teaches art, but also seems talented in the art of beautiful living and making her feel beautiful and appreciated. Over the next two years, they find many opportunities to meet around the world and continue the relationship. He encourages her at the end to find someone like himself who isn't married. This book can also be enjoyed as a travelogue of the many wonderful places they visited and how to enjoy time with someone you like to be with. The locations include Milan, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Aeolian Islands, and Morocco. The pair has a special affinity for beaches and bare bathing, and fine food. To me, some of the most exquisite writing is about the food and wine they enjoyed together. What I found most appealing about the book was the way that M. could pay a compliment, avoid hurting her feelings, and make her feel appreciated while being perfectly candid that he wasn't in love with her and intended to stay married to his wife. If you take those skills and put them into a loving relationship, even better results should occur! For example, Ms. Fraser has a negative body image. M. describes that Renoir, Ingres, Boucher, and Poussin would have enjoyed having her as a nude model. He also caresses her in those places where she is most self-critical. After you finish enjoying this memoir, I suggest that you think about how you could capture some of its romance for you and your spouse or the person you are dating. Learn to speak and act more lovingly! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
robert schroeder More than 1 year ago
What laura did,has inspired me,seduced me and possessed me to have such a relationship,to be free of everything,except travel,desire,poetry to gaze upon stars in distant lands with one who can translate all that fire so beautifully to your soul thank you laura
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luvbuks More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. After having been to Italy myself, it was fun to relate to the places she visited. Descriptions were excellent. Kept you wanting to find out what was going to happen next.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An Italian affair is about a woman, Laura, who's struggles to get through a state of sadness and depression after her former husband has left her for his high school girlfriend. Laura then travels to Italy to escape the pain and finds herself with a married Italian man. The theme of the book is love and the message is that someone else can't make you happy if you can't make yourself happy. I liked the way it was written because it makes you feel like you are in Italy. It also was easy to follow and kept you wondering! The only thing I didn't like was some things written in Italian and I coulden't comprehend what it was talking about. You should read this book if you want to feel like your apart of the book and on vacation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time almost two years ago, only to discover that it's even better the second time around. I loved everything about it. I hope that Laura Fraser writes another book - maybe a follow-up to this one so we can see what's happened with her and the professor since the last book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read--it's something between a travelouge and a memoir, and while I wasn't sure about how the present tense, 2nd person would work for the first few pages, it wound up drawing me in so that I could not stop reading this book, and have spent this entire day wandering around, feeling lost because I've finished and only want to return to Fraser's world. At 4 bucks you can't get a better book--I stumbled on it by mistake and am so happy that I did. You will be, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Fraser has written a book based on her heartbreaking divorce and discoveries about life and love. But any woman who's been through heartbreak can identify with Ms. Fraser. Plus the book is a great Italian travelogue. It's a book that you don't want to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title evokes more passion than the book ever achieves. Frasier's use of the second person fails to bring the characters to life and seems to be a ploy to make the book seem intellectual. Even if viewed as a travelogue, the descriptions of beautiful places in Italy do not come to life under her pen. I picked up a Tuscan cookbook and felt more connected to Italy than I did throughout "An Italian Affair".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I already loved Italy, but now I am in love with Italy! I can't wait to visit the places she wrote about. This brought out the true passion of the land, the food, and the people!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in a day. It is amazing. Really. I fell in love with the story, the narrator and Italy. I gave up flying 9 years ago, and this book made me regret it. There aren't many books that can make me regret giving up flying. Really. You will long to be in Italy and San Francisco and Morocco. You will long to have an affair with a man you can't really have. You will long to be Laura Fraser so you can stay on that small island and have the one night stand with the blond guy instead of getting on the boat. Read it. You'll know what I'm talking about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We took this book on a cruise to Italy and found it was very well written with a very engaging story line. It also has an element of an adventure story. This is a great book that was highly intriguing and entertaining and in some ways educational with respect to the reality of human relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on a whim and finished in a day while on the beach... it brought back many memories of my own travels in Europe and made me want to go back and do it all over again at 32. It did seem like a fantasy come true for Laura to have met such a guy while on vacation AND to see him again. Yes, a bit unacceptable by American standards in terms of rendezvous-ing with a married man, but giving her expectations were always realistic... I really enjoyed this read. A definite read if you're planning on getting away from it all in southern Italy, France, Morocco, San Francisco.. as Fraser brings her destinations alive and introduces you to places to explore off the beaten path. Also a great 'mindless' summer book. If you're going through the pain of a recent heartbreak, it will give you some consolation that you will move on and find further happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Laura Fraser for your beautiful book 'An Italian Affair' which transported me to parts of the world I have not yet encountered and enthralled me with tales of romance, kindness and love with your Professor who managed to heal your poor broken heart! Bravissimo!! I loved it; couldn't put it down, and was sorry when I arrived at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only good part about this book was the description of the scenery otherwise I hated this book. Am I the only one that believes marriage vows are sacred, mine and everyone elses. Just because he's willing doesn't make it right. I was appalled when I read the author's note and found out that this was a true story. She herself is nothing more than a puttana. I will NEVER read another book by this author.