That Summer in Puglia: Valeria Vescina in conversation with Rachel Seiffert

Tuesday 27th March 2018
18:00 at Waterstones, London - Kensington

That Summer in Puglia: Valeria Vescina in conversation with Rachel Seiffert


Fresh from its launch at the Oxford Literary Festival comes this compelling novel set in Southern Italy and London. Author Valeria Vescina discusses her book with award-winning writer Rachel Seiffert (A Boy In Winter, The Dark Room, The Walk Home); brief introduction by Dr Todd Swift (director, Eyewear Publishing).

In 1980s Puglia, privileged Tommaso's life is changed by the vivacious and intelligent Anna. Under the dazzling Italian sunlight, all seems blissful, until tragedy strikes. Tracked down in London thirty years later, Tommaso must face up to the consequences of a grief never overcome, and discover the power of love in its many forms. What has become of Anna, and what will he do next?

Tickets include a glass of wine and are redeemable against copies of That Summer in Puglia purchased on the night.

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‘This is an enchanting slow burn of a novel; a notable debut. Vescina's voice is admirably clear, her descriptions lucid, and her characters are human to the core.’ - Rachel Seiffert

'Very beautiful, surprising and evocative.' - Simonetta Agnello Hornby

That Summer In Puglia is rich in insights into human emotions. It’s the tale of the disastrous course even a great love can take if bitterness is allowed to prevail and chances of forgiveness are rejected, but also of the miracles it can work if profoundly experienced and expressed. Valeria Vescina’s style has the fluidity of the great European novelists. Her characterisations are at once vivid and poetic, and the plot ever-surprising. Finally, here is the discovery through literature of Puglia, with its remarkable synthesis of Mediterranean history and cultures – and how appropriate, as this is, deep down, Greek tragedy.’ - Edoardo Winspeare


London - Kensington Waterstones, London - Kensington
Tuesday 27th March 2018

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