my take: A great blend of current and historical. The chapters alternate between characters and time periods...Italy! Hollywood! Richard Burton! Love! Intrigue!
Having been to Cinque Terre, I had great memories to picture the scene. the abrupt change from 1960's Italy to 2000's Hollywood was painful, but I got over it as I read on. Past & present came together as each character weighed their past and present life choices.
Fast. Fun. Fabulous.
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my verdict: excellent