All the Way to Italy by Flavia Brunetti
Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will travel throughout Italy, enlisting the help of the aunt who raised her, friends old and new, and the country itself, in her search for the answers she needs.
This is the powerful story of those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.
Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato.
Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University.
Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso.
Top Ten List:
My top 10 Favorite Things
Turning the corner into the courtyard of my apartment building in Rome after a long time away.
Books, books, always books.
A pen given as a gift, with beautiful, inspiring ink, sitting atop a brand-new, fresh notebook.
People whose eyes light up when they talk about something they love.
Piano music in a new place.
Unexpected kindness, given freely.
Adventures that run into you on a quiet day, like dancing down Via Giulia or the market at Campo de’ Fiori early in the morning.
Cicadas on a summer night (there’s a short story about them in All the Way to Italy, called “What Sings in the Night”!)
That moment of stomach rise, stomach fall when the wheels of the plane come up off the ground and suddenly, you’re flying toward somewhere new. But then also, coming home.
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