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A witty satire of the expat experience in rural Europe and antidote to every 'wish-you-were-here' travel memoir, this novel is entertainment in its purest form.
Gerald Samper is all about the good life. On his own private hilltop in idyllic Tuscany, he is living his own brand of la bella vita working as a ghostwriter for celebrities. He wiles away his free time concocting outrageous dishes with the distinctive liqueur gifted to the area's new arrivals. But it's not long before his little slice of paradise is shattered by the arrival of an eccentric neighbor.
Marta is a composer on the run from 'Voynovia, ' a crime-riddled Eastern European nation to which she owes her distinctive accent. With her nocturnal helicopter visits and habitual piano-playing, it's not long before the two clash and become embroiled in an absurd turf war. The battle compels each side to devise increasingly strange retaliations: a back-and-forth which features such delicacies as Gerald's batch of Garlic and Fernet Branca Ice Cream and Marta's parody of her neighbor's terrible singing for a film score she's composing.
With each ridiculous misunderstanding, the two are brought into ever closer and ever more disastrous proximity. In their earnest attempts to narrate their side of the story it quickly becomes apparent how unreliable they both really are. An adroit, charming and bitingly funny comedy of manners for anyone who finds humor in the idiosyncrasies of human behavior.
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Praise for Cooking with Fernet Branca
"I've never laughed so hard. Giving good-natured belly aching laughter is a real gift. Thank you James Hamilton-Paterson." --Chelsea Clinton, Entertainment Weekly
". . . a bagatelle of a book, a sex romp with recipes, a weekend getaway for the mind." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times
"The fun is in Hamilton-Paterson's offhand observations and delicate touch in handling his two unreliable misfits as they find each other--and there's lots of it." --Publishers Weekly
"Though Cooking with Femet Branca sounds like the title of an offbeat cookbook, it is, in fact, a devilishly funny novel, complete with stomach-turning recipes." --GastronimicaBook Description:
Cooking With Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson satirizes the English obsession with Tuscany with a sharp and merciless wit.
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