The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson and her beautiful, twenty-six-year-old daughter, Clara, are touring the Tuscan countryside. While sightseeing, Clara meets a good-looking young Italian man, Fabrizio, and quickly embarks on a whirlwind romance with him, despite her mother's stern disapproval. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart, not only because of the cultural differences between the young lovers but also because of a family secret that would be revealed: Clara is not quite all that she appears. Considering whether to inform Fabrizio and his family of the truth about Clara, Margaret realizes that it could possibly spoil her daughter's one true chance for happiness.
by Elizabeth Spencer
by Spencer Quinn
by Samantha Rose, Kathy Spencer
by Elizabeth Garrison
by Elizabeth McCracken
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
by Malene Rydahl
by Lisa Earle McLeod
by Erica Boyce
by Marika Meeks, Elizabeth Ridley
by Elena Ferrante
"Margaret Johnson is a well-heeled American Southern lady traveling in Tuscany with her beautiful grown daughter. Though an accident has frozen Clara's mental age at about 10, a sweet Italian boy falls in love with her artless innocence, and his family follows suit. What happens next is both understandable and a little queasy-making--if these nice Italians with their patriarchal ways don't notice that Clara is actually a child, should her mother spoil her chance at married happiness by telling them? Hilary Huber peoples the story with a sympathetic international cast of characters and keeps the morally murky proceedings somehow as light as the title. The soufflŽ falls if you think too hard about it, but if you can resist, this production is a delight. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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