italian1 The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga

From the back:

Margot Harrington is an American woman living in Italy whose memoir, The Sixteen Pleasures, about her discovery of a priceless masterwork of Renaissance erotica – and the misguided love affair it inspired – is finally, after twenty-five years, being made into a movie. Margot, with the help of her lover, Woody, has written a script that she thinks will validate her life. Of course, her script is not used, but never mind – happy endings are best for movies.

At the former convent in Florence where the movie – based on the memoir but now called The Italian Lover – is being shot, Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art , and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the essential unknowability of other cultures and other people.

The giveaway:

Thanks to the Hachette Book Group, I am able to give away five copies of The Italian Lover. This contest is open to the US and Canada only, but no PO boxes. To enter, just leave a comment below. Five winners will be chosen at random around noon on February 23.

A question:

Did you read Hellenga’s The Sixteen Pleasures? What did you think of it?