Restoration by Olaf Olafsson
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Having grown up in an exclusive circle of wealthy British ex-pats in Florence in the 1920s, Alice Orsini shocks everyone when she marries the son of a minor Italian landowner and begins restoring San Martino, a crumbling villa in Tuscany, to its former glory. But after years of hard work, filling the acres with orchards, livestock, and farmhands, Alice's growing restlessness pulls her into the heady social swirl of wartime Rome and a reckless affair that will have devastating consequences.
"Olafsson masterfully portrays the interior lives of these women, creating a richly complex portrait of love and passion at work even as his harrowing depictions of daily life in war-torn Italy add additional depth and power to the novel. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of literary and historical fiction." - Library Journal
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Olaf Olafsson Author Biography
Olaf Olafsson (full name Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson) was
born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar
at Brandeis University,
Massachusetts, in the
early 1980s. He is the author of several
novels and a collection of short stories; his work has been translated into at
least 14 languages.
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