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The Other Side of Tuscany Paperback – January 9, 2010
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About the Author
Nancy Stolfo Corti is a renaissance woman who bridges the traditional arts of fashion and cooking with the cutting edge internet technologies of the 21st century. When not writing, Nancy is a sought after speaker, marketing and sales consultant, and voice artist.
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Nancy Stolfo-Corti's story line is one of boldly leaving her Italian American world in Dayton Ohio as a baker and seamstress' daughter, on a full scholarship to a fashion design school in London, then off to Italy to work, fall in love, marry and bear children. In time she moves back to America waiting for her husband to join her, a day that never comes. Living separate lives across the Atlantic from each other, visiting back and forth. Negotiating the loneliness, the disappointment, the anger and the lovers. Negotiating the force of jealousy, his, and her own complicated feelings, their complicated behaviors, and in time, paradoxical acceptance and forgiveness.
Fate would have it that I would get to be alongside the author, Nancy Stolfo-Corti, a coach to hold the vision of the completed journey, as it is quite the journey to complete a difficult memoir. I can attest to its truth, if seeing the suffering and joy that an author experiences in excavating her story, is evidence of the truth of the story.
The writing in The Other Side of Tuscany mirrors the author's life. Nancy's life has many parts and not all the pieces fit together well, cleanly, tightly. Experience that. Know what that feels like as a reader and imagine what that feels like in a person's life.
Those needing a linear walk through time from birth to now, with introductions and explanations, might not be comfortable in this book. Just as this author's life was not one straight line, neither is her book. Just as the author's life, whether as an Italian in America, or an American in Italy, was always between worlds, with so many twists and turns, so too The Other Side of Tuscany mirrors that experience.
As you read it, trust that when a new person is introduced or a new place shown, you'll come to know what you need to know as you turn the pages. Can you, as she had to, step forward not knowing what everything means, not knowing where the next steps will lead? Can you be curious about the mystery that is her life, the magic and the near tragedies, the dangers and the miracles; cancers without cures that did not kill; deadly car accidents that did not take lives; a home near a serial killer's killing grounds, yet spared; a robbery at gunpoint with masked men, yet no lives taken or stolen?
For those interested in the lives of women, the intersections of cultures, the relationships between men and women, the inside experience within Italian culture, the elite world of European fashion, the complexities of sexual relations, in somma, powerful insights of a woman who is keenly intelligent in heart and mind and spirit and whose life cuts across the ancient Italian arts and the 21st century world of the internet, this book is full of gems.