Short-listed for the 2019 People's Book Prize
"A remarkable novel... only someone who has lived in Venice could write with such vivid detail, clarity and affection about her charms and annoyances."
JoAnn Loctov, Dream of Venice
Surrounded by beauty, can you learn to live beautifully?
Travel marketing specialist Mark Vandermar leads an itinerant life. Elsewhere is where he calls home, so it's no surprise when he's called to Venice to craft the Venice Tourism Council's new campaign to attract suddenly skittish American tourism.
Falling in love with the colorful campos and canals of Venice comes naturally but how far will he go to chase the love of the right woman?
Mark's new life abroad unfolds against the rich history of Venice, Prague, and the Greek islands, where he encounters a cast of compelling characters that lead to life-changing consequences. The geography of his new life is marked with discovery and reinvention, but what he really seeks is to learn to live beautifully, to find a place and a person to call home.
"Like the finest expatriate novels, Losing Venice is as richly textured as its fabled locales and dives deeply into the possibilities, perils, and pleasures of learning how not to be lost."
"Touching, involving -- and very funny... a highly engaging novel ..."
Gregory Dowling, Ascension and The Four Horsemen
"If you've ever wondered why people still write novels, reading Stavrou's, Losing Venice, might answer your question. This funny, poignant account of failure that turns to success...captures a moment and place that, though in the recent past, seems as distant as Hemingway's Paris and as important. A reminder of what the business of literature, of living is. All lovers of the art of writing and romance should read it."
George Crane, best-selling author of Bones of the Master and Beyond the House of the False Lama
"This remarkable, beautifully written novel is packed with excitement and absurdity, longing and love, but its triumph is its narrative... therein lies its magic. Losing Venice is a wonderful book. A damned wonderful book."
Larry Francis, An Anthropology of Anonymity and Derrida's Toast
"...a funny, sweet, and amazingly well-written novel... An interesting, lively, funny read that will tug at the travel bug in all of its readers."
Sandra Ann Heath, Unrest: A Novel
"...a romp around Venice, but it is much more than that. The observations of place (mainly Venice but also Prague and Hydra ) are on point and perceptive... this novel is a little gem... well written and thoroughly enjoyable..."
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About the Author
Scott Stavrou was born in Chicago then raised in San Diego and Las Vegas before graduating from Georgetown University. Since then he has lived and worked as a writer in San Francisco, Venice, Prague and the Greek islands, where he and his wife presently call home.
Stavrou has written fiction and non-fiction for numerous publications in the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of the award-winning travel book Wasted Away, the original stage play Picketing with Prometheus as well as two original screenplays.
He is a long time member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association and the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance.
He was awarded the PEN America International Hemingway Writing Award for his short fiction “Across the Suburbs”.
In addition to writing, he serves on the Board of Advisors for Write Away Europe, where he is also a Creative Writing Instructor.
In addition to his books and articles, more of Stavrou’s writing can be found on Medium and Twitter.
His newest novel, Losing Venice, can be found in paperback in select bookstores and in paperback and e-book online.