The Italian Party: A Novel by Christina LynchThe Italian Party: A Novel by Christina Lynch

The Italian Party: A Novel

byChristina Lynch

Hardcover | March 20, 2018

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One of the Wall Street Journal's "Six More Books to Read This Winter" . "Required Reading," The New York Post . Library Journal's "Spring/Summer Bests" of 2018 . A Sonoma Index-Tribune Bestseller . One of CrimeReads' "Debuts to Discover Spring 2018"

"Deeply funny." -The New York Times Book Review podcast

"[A] sweltering thriller set against the backdrop of what is probably your dream getaway destination: Tuscany." -Bustle

"Tremendous fun! Wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft." -Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers

"Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/Cold War Italy through the eyes of Americans, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way-plus there are spies! Affairs! and lot of food!!" -Giada De Laurentiis

"Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex. The Italian Party is a fizzy, page-turning delight that begs for a Campari and soda!" -Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

"I've always wanted to take a trip to Italy in the 1950's and The Italian Party is my ticket. Like the best Italian paintings, this smart and funny book deftly combines the light and the dark. Christina Lynch's prose pairs well with any hearty Tuscan red." -Conan O'Brien

Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.

When Scottie's Italian teacher-a teenager with secrets of his own-disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael's dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.

Half glamorous fun, half an examination of America's role in the world, and filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, prosecco, charming spies and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.

Christina Lynch's picaresque journey includes chapters in Chicago and at Harvard, where she was an editor on the Harvard Lampoon. She was the Milan correspondent for W magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany. In L.A. she was on the writing staff of Unhappily Ever After; Encore, Encore; The Dead Zone a...
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Title:The Italian Party: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.59 × 5.82 × 1.23 inPublished:March 20, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250147832

ISBN - 13:9781250147837

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Picturesque, insightful, and delightfully winsome! The Italian Party is an immersive story that takes you back to Siena, Italy during the mid-1950s when The Cold War was still influencing Italian politics, Communism was rampant, spies were everywhere, and in this tale newly married American couple Michael and Scottie have just arrived with glamour, high-tech gadgets, and an abundance of secrets. The prose is eloquent and atmospheric. The characterization is exceptionally well drawn with a whole slew of characters that are colourful, affable, and quirky. And the plot is an intriguing mix of spy thriller, romance, and comedy, that's full of life, love, self-discovery, deception, betrayal, grief, friendship, antics, and community. I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started The Italian Party but it wasn’t long before Lynch swept me away in a debut that's mysterious, informative, and witty and gave me a beautiful picture postcard of the history, landmarks, culture, and culinary fare of a country she obviously loves and knows well.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this!!! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Simply put, I loved The Italian Party. It’s a spy thriller set 11 years after WWII, but with an LGBT romance, humour, secrets and horses. I got a distinct Fitzgerald/Hemingway vibe, but at times it leaned a bit toward satire. The Italian Party is about a newly married American couple living in Italy. Scottie and Michael look like the perfect '50's American couple, but they barely know each other, and are hiding big secrets. She thinks he's selling tractors, but he's actually a spy trying to influence a local election - while she only married him to save herself from scandal. The plot is fantastic - it kept me guessing the whole way through. The myriad of characters in this book have been lovingly constructed with lots of depth. I found myself getting attached to some of them. Semi-rural Italy is beautifully described - I could picture it all easily. It had me wishing I was there, eating pasta on a restaurant patio in the sunshine. The Italian Party comes out this week. I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2018-03-19

Editorial Reviews

"An intriguing and compelling spy story where love, mystery, romance and history intertwine." -Antonia"About an American couple who moves to Sienna in the 1950's. Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/cold war Italy through the eyes of Americans, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way-plus there are spies! Affairs! and lot of food!!" -Giada De Laurentiis"I've always wanted to take a trip to Italy in the 1950's and The Italian Party is my ticket. Like the best Italian paintings, this smart and funny book deftly combines the light and the dark. Christina Lynch's prose pairs well with any hearty Tuscan red." -Conan O'Brien"Deeply funny." -The New York Times Book Review Podcast"Extraordinarily entertaining and captivating [...] a light and fun read." -The Washington Bookreview"In The Italian Party, Christina Lynch delivers a sweltering thriller set against the backdrop of what is probably your dream getaway destination: Tuscany." -Bustle"It is the 1950s, and young American newlyweds Scottie and Michael have moved to Italy and are ready to explore the Tuscan countryside, living the expat dream. But nothing goes quite as expected, either with their marriage, their financial situation or the locals in their new town. Pasta and dark secrets abound." -The New York Post"Charming fun from cover to cover." -HelloGiggles"Intriguing and compelling." -Women's Wear Daily"Perfect for anyone who has dreamed of escaping life to live abroad, and addresses how the political can influence the personal in ways we might never expect." -Real Simple"Christina Lynch sets up the perfect 1950's expat novel for the 21st century reader, a story that reads like it was made in the golden days of Cinecittá, where apparent post-war optimism was mixed with the real strain of poverty, injustice and desperation." -BlogCritics"The novel, set during the Cold War in Siena, Italy, combines history, romance and a dash of spycraft." -Visalia Times Delta"This novel is dashing, fun, sexy and witty-a fun read on multiple levels." -Historical Novel Society Magazine"Set in Siena in 1956, this debut novel is a spy thriller, comedy of manners, and valentine to Italy, spiked with forbidden sex and political skulduggery...The ending is unexpected, with the author displaying a sophisticated, nuanced view of love and marriage that feels very modern. Or maybe it's just Italian." -Kirkus Reviews"[Lynch's] affection for and knowledge of the Italian people and way of living are evident: her food descriptions in particular are droolworthy. Readers will be rooting for Michael and Scottie through the story's many adventures and intrigue, while political and social commentary add an extra layer of depth." -Booklist"The story plays like a confectionary Hollywood romance with some deeper notes reminiscent of John le Carré and Henry James. Scottie is a resilient main character who might have been played by Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn in a 1950s movie adaptation of this entertainingly subversive take on that seemingly innocent period." -Publisher's Weekly"In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets - in politics and in marriage - while depicting with sly humor the collision between the American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience will love the spot-on social commentary." -Library Journal (Starred Review)"Enjoyable, stylish." -Pat Saperstein, Variety"Christina Lynch has accomplished a rare American literary feat with this captivating novel whose keen political edge and historical resonance feel very timely. Her grasp of mid-century Cold War culture, of sexual identity, the world of personal secrecy and intimacy, trust and betrayal, naive patriotism and profound national identity, are swirled into a page-turner that is both a genuine romance and a thoughtful spy story." -Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist's Daughter"Tremendous fun! Wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft." -Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers and The Expats"Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex. The Italian Party is a fizzy, page-turning delight that begs for a Campari and soda!" -Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me"Christina Lynch's hapless American newly-weds give us plenty to worry about as they dig their way into the dark heart of Italy (1956) and into the even darker heart of the CIA. They give us plenty to laugh about, too, in this volatile mixture of old-world charm and cold-war politics." -Bob Hellenga, author of The Fall of a Sparrow