Delicious And Funny: Review Of The Italian Party By Christina Lynch
The Italian Party by Christina Lynch is a sneaky book – half glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world – and a delicious and sharply funny page-turner book about “innocent” Americans living in 1950s Siena, Italy.
In The Italian Party, readers meet Scottie and Michael Messina, young newlyweds arriving in Siena during the spring of 1956. Scottie believes they are traveling abroad so that her husband can open a Ford office to sell tractors in Italy and is immediately seduced by Tuscany’s famous beauty and the sensory experience of a summer in an ancient city.
But the Messina’s true reasons forbeing there – and the secrets they are keeping from each other – force them to see a more complex view of Italy, America and each other.
To fill the time while her husband is at work, Scottie begins to learn Italian from a local teenage boy. When he suddenly goes missing, Scottie embarks on a massive search for him through Tuscany. Meanwhile, Michael’s real reason for being in Italy – his dedication to saving the world from communism – crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game.
Michael and Scottie must navigate their way through a maze of history, memory, hate, and love to a new kind of complicated truth.
Lynch does a superb job in portraying Post World War II Italy: The book delves into a dysfunctional marriage during a time of communism, American panic, and technology innovation.
The Italian Party sweeps you back to a time when Americans were worried about “the red menace,” Italians were agape at the outrageous “Americani,” and the pasta was handmade.
The Italian Party takes readers on a journey that explores relationships, politics and everything in between. A great read for all readers of historical mysteries or general fiction.