The Temptation of Father Lorenzo
Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany
About the Book
Praise for A Tuscan Trilogy
The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany. “A moving debut novel of a luscious country.”
– Jacqueline Mitchard, best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
Sparrow’s Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany. “I enthusiastically recommend Sparrow’s Revenge to anyone with the slightest interest in history, Italy or human nature – in short, to everyone.”
Dino’s Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany. “Salsini’s research once again is impeccable and serves well to anchor this young man’s story to an unforgettable place and time in Italian history.”
– Fred Gardaphe, distinguished professor English and Italian American Studies at Queens College and associate editor of Fra Noi.
A decade after Dino’s Story, the beloved characters of the first three novels return in this engrossing collection, all set in Florence and the beautiful hills of Tuscany. Father Lorenzo, still exhausted from the flood, is tempted by a beautiful woman. Tomasso seeks his long-lost son. Father Sangretto retaliates when a rival priest produces a “miracle.” Donna and Ezio open their farmhouse to tourists and an eccentric author is their first visitor. The women of Sant’Antonio join to help the stricken Annabella. Anna leaves the convent. Dino makes up his mind between Sophia and Francesca. And more.
About the Author
The son of Italian immigrants, Paul Salsini received the 2011 Sons of Italy Leonardo da Vinci Award for Excellence in Literature. He is a veteran journalist who teaches writing courses at Marquette University. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and four grandchildren and live in Milwaukee with their cat, Bella.