The A-Z Bookbag: P is for Poggibonsi

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Allison Maruska

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Today’s Bookbag title brings us to a romantic comedy, a genre I don’t generally seek out in literature (and only occasionally in movies). But Poggibonsi by Dan Alatorre was such an entertaining read it was one of the first titles I listed when brainstorming Bookbag posts.

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Poggibonsi is the story of Mike, a venture capitalist sent to Italy to launch a new tourism project. He brings his family along at first, which only seems to highlight the rockiness of his marriage. By the time his wife and daughter head back to the States, leaving him to finish the project, he’s frustrated and just wants to get to work. Then, his Italian boss has a heart attack, and Mike is left to work with an associate, Julietta.

And Julietta is a fantasy come to life. Mike had been fascinated with her since he saw her on a train days earlier (though…

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