Friday, February 1, 2013

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All This Talk of Love: A Novel, by Christopher Castellani (Feb. 5, 2013)

It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.  But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey. 
All This Talk of Love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.


"At turns funny and tragic, Castellani's third novel recalls similar contemporary sagas, such as Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, but is far less cynical. Literary scholar Frankie reviles sentimentality, and the author manages to stop short of it while still making the story emotionally resonant. This reviewer defies anyone not to fall in love with the Grassos." -- Library Journal (starred) 
"Castellani writes movingly, affectingly, of immigrant life, of the dichotomy of cultures, of the persistence of love across generations." -- Kirkus Reviews
"In his long-awaited third novel, Castellani plumbs the depths of intricate family life and comes up with realistically complex characters, funny quirks that make utter sense, and an examination of the bonds that can both compel and repel...Family histories and secrets reveal themselves a wisp at a time, layered into the story with sugar and plenty of spice by Castellani's evocative writing." -- Booklist

Lady Eve's Indiscretion, by Grace Burrowes (Feb. 5, 2013)

Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.


"Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality."Publishers Weekly Starred Review