Two Books by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi Earn High Praise

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The Other Side of the Tiber & Toscanelli’s Ray Now Available in Paperback

A commanding intelligence is at work here, graced with uncommon generosity. -- Patricia Hampl, author of A Romantic Education

Praise continues for The Other Side of the Tiber (FSG), a “rare and mesmerizing” book written by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, a Midwesterner, who has lived in Italy for more than forty years. The author of critically acclaimed Mother Tongue, Wilde-Menozzi’s “commanding intelligence, graced with uncommon generosity,” reaches out to readers of “affecting,” “elegant,” “beautifully focused” writing. Named by the San Francisco Chronicle “one of the best travel books of 2013,” The Other Side of the Tiber offers “a highly original meditation” on a beloved and perplexing country. Maria Laurino wrote: “The reader couldn’t find a more enlightening guide to Italy and an Italian state of mind.”

"In this elegant volume, Wilde-Menozzi turns her patient gaze on everything from the red brick walls of Siena to the volcanic rock of Etna. This is not a guidebook but a passionate account of a country’s contours and its hidden wisdom." --Mythili Rao, The Daily Beast

Set in Florence in 1994, Toscanelli's Ray (Cadmus Editions) takes place in the fifteen hours before a ceremony in the Duomo commemorating Paolo Toscanelli, a fifteenth century astronomer. Toscanelli’s measurement of the summer solstice is still quite precise, but the city now throbs with illegal immigrants, disoriented Florentines, ex-pats who are no longer privileged. World Literature wrote: “An intriguing portrait of that Renaissance gem of a city, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi’s latest novel takes us where no tourist trip ever could.” An unsolicited Goodreads review proclaimed: “It is the best book published in 2013 in my view. She has a Toni Morrison lyricism and a certain Delillo-like philosophical tone that is strikingly poignant.”

"This is a novel of big ideas…and simultaneously it is a novel full of the stuff of life. A stunning accomplishment, and Wilde-Menozzi’s generous heart and lucid intelligence illuminate each page." --Kathleen Cambor, The Book of Mercy

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