ABOVE: The cover of The Gondola Maker, a new novel by Laura Morelli.
We recently received an announcement from Laura Fabiani of Italy Book Tours that we wanted to share with you. It's about The Gondola Maker, a novel by Laura Morelli, who has put her background as an art historian to work in creating "a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings, Renaissance Venice."
Here's a description of the book:
"When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-Century Venice."
About the author:
Laura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the U.S. and at Trinity College in Rome. She is the creator of the authentic guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, published by Rizzoli. Laura is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and ther national magazines and newspapers. A native of coastal Georgia, she is married and is busy raising four children. The Gondola Maker is her first work of fiction.
Awards: The Gondola Maker has already received an IPPY ((Independent Publisher) Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book. It was a finalist for the 2014 National Indie Experience Award and the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award.
For more information about the book (including quotes from Publishers Weekly, Under the Tuscan Sun author Francis Mayes, and other sources), see the page about The Gondola Maker on Laura Morelli's Web site. The novel is available in paperback and e-book editions, and you can order an autographed paperback directly from the author.