Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted

Paperback | April 2, 2002

byAnnie Hawes

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In 1983, a pale Annie Hawes and her equally pale sister leave England for the sun-drenched olive groves of a small Italian town in Liguria. With fantasies of handsome tanned men and swimming in the sea urging them on, they are hired to work for ten weeks to graft roses -- of which they have little knowledge -- along the Italian Riviera, board and lodging included.

But none of the men seem to be under forty, and Ligurians have particular ideas about life, including swimming ("To go swimming in seawater outside the month of July or August is even worse for your health than drinking cappuccino after twelve noon!"). But Annie and her sister are captivated by San Pietro's quirkiness and beauty, and suddenly their brief stay stretches into years, as they are bemused, charmed, and ultimately accepted by the eccentric inhabitants of their adopted home.

Resonating with captivating verve and humor, Extra Virgin dishes up a sumptuous sampling of Italian life from an irresistible new voice.

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In 1983, a pale Annie Hawes and her equally pale sister leave England for the sun-drenched olive groves of a small Italian town in Liguria. With fantasies of handsome tanned men and swimming in the sea urging them on, they are hired to work for ten weeks to graft roses -- of which they have little knowledge -- along the Italian Riviera...

Anne Hawes has worked for the past fifteen years as a freelance film editor. She has lived in France and Africa as well as her native England.She now lives most contentedly in Liguria, Italy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.8 inPublished:April 2, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060958111

ISBN - 13:9780060958114

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seriously funny I enjoy books about foreign folk settling in France or Italy, those wonderful places that many of us have visited. This book is the best of this genre that I have yet encountered. It completely rings true to life, and elicits a lot of sympathy for poor Annie. I laughed out loud quite frequently, often at the smallest turn of phrase. It is also a cautionary tale to those of us who are tourists in this land where family is everything, and visitors are a trial.
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“[Annie Hawes] describes Liguria with wonder, illumination, and wit. This blithe account will have gastronomes and travelers drooling.” (Publishers Weekly)