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The novel, Facing East is set in Chicago, but considerable time is spent in Italy. I once visited Tuscany with my garden club, and have remembered the joy of that experience ever since. Based on that trip, and the research I did, the scenes that take place in Italy are some of my favorite. In my mind’s eye I see a Red Vespa leaning against a Roman column jeux positioning the past and future perfectly.
What surprised Katherine was how exceedingly comfortable Robert was with all of it in just a few months time. Even the Vespas, that buzzed by only inches away from them on the narrow streets, didn’t phase him. “I want one of them.” He pointed to a bright red scooter that passed by.
“Surely not here in Rome. Coming in from the airport I watched them swerve into oncoming traffic like crazy people. Why aren’t there any designated scooter lanes?”
“Any space between two cars will do.” Katherine loved the humor of this.