‘Italy’s not Wonderland, but it never lacks for wonderful words.’ So began the language and culture column that took Tuscany by storm. And the stories that sprouted in and around a grass-roots press-room in Florence. After the smashing success of ItaliansDance and I’m a Wallflower, author Linda Falcone is back with more wit from behind the scenes of everyday Italy. ‘Italy has never tempted me with temporary infatuation: it is the love of my life and the bane of my existence. An incorrigible mix of ‘leave me alone’ and ‘don’t ever leave me,’’ writes Falcone in her second book If they are roses. Don’t miss the joys of intercultural friendship and the trails of international living in this exhilarating celebration
of the Italians and their way with words. Part promise and part condition, If they are roses is for those who love language and those who love, period.
Linda Falcone is a language teacher who loves the rhythm of irregular verbs as much as the sound of rain on the roof. Born in northern California, she was raised in a bi-cultural family and is currently celebrating fifteen years of permanent Italian living. She believes in full amphitheatres in spring, empty beaches in autumn and newspaper articles year-round that reek of new ink and speak of loveliness. In 2008, after two years of writing ‘Italian Voices’, Linda began her second column in The Florentine—‘Where Beauty is Fact: moments from everyday Italy’. Local readers quickly christened the column, ‘Il fatto bello della settimana’ and the name stuck as the only Italian title in Florence’s
English-speaking newspaper. Falcone’s first collection of vignettes, Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower—a tongue-in-cheek ode to Italian language and customs— led the way to If they are roses, her second book.
Leo Cardini is a Florentine artist of few words and many mediums— acrylics, graphics, comics, playdough and snow. He believes in pine trees weighed down with white and stadiums filled with people wearing purple. Given the chance, he’ll illustrate pew missals to keep all the kids wide-eyed and quiet at church. Partner in Agile Logica graphic design studio since 2000 and The Florentine Press since 2005, his drawings arrive late and dishevelled—sometimes off-beat—and always in search of a smile.
Author Linda Falcone; illustrazioni Leo Cardini
Pages 144 with sketch illustrations
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