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- Publisher: IDKPress (March 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 18, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J3GR136
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It involves the inhabitants of the Palazzo Salvini in Rome, once the proud Renaissance palace of a cardinal, now a run-down apartment house, distinguished by its smoking electrical wiring, its comatose furnace-and the tenants who share its leaky roof. The tenants, caught up in the complications of this light-hearted, sophisticated comedy of international fun and games, reflect the atmosphere of their residence-either remembering or looking forward to better days.
There's Caroline Salvini, a beautiful American who has been the perfect wife, Italian style, to dashing Lorenzo-until she suspects he's having an affair; there's Caroline's mother-in-law, the Marchesa, nursing her liver through a very trying time and hoping to avert a marital crisis for her son; there's Pippo, the swinger with a get-rich-quick scheme that may get him arrested; and there's Randy, an American boy who keeps finding things in his apartment-a girl in his bed, his freaked-out, nomad friends showing home movies (rated X).
A curious coincidence propels this disparate assemblage into an explosive and hilarious climax that leaves the gracious Old World sputtering indignantly in the motorcycle and marijuana fumes of the graceless new breed.
In a bracing, astringent style that is part spumoni and part spice, Mary Chamberlin writes about the eternal delights of the Eternal City-about Americans in Rome doing as Americans do and Romans doing as Romans have done for centuries.
MARY CHAMBERLIN, the author, was born in Lebanon, Illinois, and is a graduate of Monticello College in Alton, Illinois.
She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and had a brief theatrical career, terminated by marriage and motherhood.
In 1954, she moved to Rome, where she has lived ever since. She is also the author of Dear Friends and Darling Romans, published, as well, by IDKPress, and has written for television, magazines, films, and newspapers.
The script for her award-wining teleplay, The Ascent of P. J. O'Hara, is preserved in the archives of the Steven H. Scheuer Collection at Yale University.