Lost Hearts in Italy

Lost Hearts in Italy

by Andrea Lee
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Lost Hearts in Italy by Andrea Lee

The Italian phrase Mai due senza tre–“never two without three”–forms the basis of Andrea Lee’s spellbinding novel of betrayal. Sophisticated and richly told, Lost Hearts in Italy reveals a trio caught in the grip of desire, deception, and remorse.

When Mira Ward, an American, relocates to Rome with her husband, Nick, she looks forward to a time of exploration and awakening. Young, beautiful, and in love, Mira is on the verge of a writing career, and giddy with the prospect of living abroad.

On the trip over, Mira meets Zenin, an older Italian billionaire, who intrigues Mira with his coolness and worldly mystique. A few weeks later, feeling idle and adrift in her new life, Mira agrees to a seemingly innocent lunch with Zenin and is soon catapulted into an intense affair, which moves beyond her control more quickly than she intends. Her job as a travel writer allows clandestine trysts and opulent getaways with Zenin to Paris, Monte Carlo, London, and Venice, and over the next few years, now the mother of a baby daughter, she struggles between resisting and relenting to this man who has such a hold on her. As her marriage erodes, so too does Mira’s sense of self, until she no longer resembles the free spirit she was on her arrival in the on her arrival in the Eternal City.

Years later, Mira and Nick, now divorced and remarried to others, look back in an attempt to understand their history, while a detached Zenin assesses his own life and his role in the unlikely love triangle. Each recounts the past, aided by those witness to their failure and fallout.
An elegant, raw, and emotionally charged read, Lost Hearts in Italy is a classic coming-of-age story in which cultures collide, innocence dissolves, and those we know most intimately remain foreign to us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812971132
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Andrea Lee was born in Philadelphia and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University. She is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, and her fiction and nonfiction writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The New York Times Book Review. She is the author of Russian Journal, the novel Sarah Phillips, and the short story collection Interesting Women. She lives with her husband and two children in Turin, Italy.

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Lost Hearts in Italy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, its a very intelligently written modern day fanasy trip to italy, with very poignant impressions of some Italian men and upperclass African American culture. I liked the way the author used voices at the end of each chapter to express multitude of views. yes I really enjoyed this book, thankyou
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I spell like every thing wrong. But please wright more. It is awsom. I was sad when I did not find more so kerp wrighting and tell me when there is more at Dawn of the clans5and6 so I am sure to get it. Thanks Mosspelt
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SMSM More than 1 year ago
Now I know why this book was on the bargain rack. It took me a year and a half to get through it and the only reason I finished it was by pure force of will. It is truly one of the worst books I have ever read.