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VINE VOICEon April 2, 2010
I found this book very poignant and the author very courageous to be so honest in dealing with her emotions. I think many women will relate to her experiences. The story spans about 25 years and it took her that long to come to the point in her life where she could find herself and move on. She doesn't gloss over the difficulties and the time it takes to heal and forgive. Very realistic, I could not put the book down, but I found the structure and format ( I read in on my Kindle in e-book format ) to be disjointed. I had to re-read the sentences several times because the punctuation simply was not there at times. I don't know if that was because of the e-book format or the author's style of writing. This is why I gave it a four star instead of a five star. It definitely is a book which makes you think about women's issues and the men we live with!
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on March 13, 2010
The Other Side of Tuscany is a window into the fantastic, beautiful and difficult life of a remarkable woman who lived, and married, and left the mythical and romantic Tuscany. Keen inside views of the Italian culture, women among women, men among women. Delicate handling of themes such as sexual assault and domestic violence. Inspiration from the continual re-birthing of the protagonist, Nancy, making things beautiful, being of service, forgiving, restoring her hope and faith.

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.
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on September 6, 2012
The other reviews I read lead me to believe that this book would be uplifting and leave me feeling in awe of the author. But instead, the book left me wondering whether an editor even looked at the manuscript before it was published. The story jumped all over the place, was full of misspellings and incomplete sentences, and was just plain poorly written. At the end of the book (which I forced myself to finish), I still didn't know exactly what happened in her marriage and if she stayed with "him" or not. What a waste of my Kindle space.
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on December 21, 2012
Absolute rubbish. I continuously wondered if the author was innebriated whilst writing, it was almost impossible to understand what on earth she was trying to say. I live in Tuscany and have read many beautiful books of all genres about my new adopted home but this book left me cold by its complete obscurity.
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on September 6, 2012
The author tries to take the reader on a journey through the memories of the main character, however the transitions from present to past rapidly become tedious as they happen too often and tend to interrupt the flow of the story giving it a distorted feeling.
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on October 3, 2012
This was a terrible story that wandered around Tuscany but never got to a point. A story of a bad marriage.
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on June 18, 2011
Poorly written. Would have to wonder if an editor even glanced at this manuscript before publishing. I am left wondering if it was written in Italian and translated to English? I kept turning back, thinking I had missed pages, but no, it was just severely disjointed.
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on January 17, 2013
Could have been a better story. Sometimes the story seemed scattered, fragmented...causing me impatience and irritation. As a whole, it was okay.
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on March 17, 2010
I read 45% of the book and just archived it away. I tried to get into the book even to the point of Googling the author for a more in depth view. Still, I found the story disjointed, slow-moving, and utterly boring.
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