Off To Italy for a Few Days With The Novel – Facing East


The novel, Facing East is set in Chicago, but considerable time is spent in Italy. After a garden tour and the remembrance of that wonderful experience, I returned to Tuscany through the writing of this book. In my mind’s eye I see a Red Vespa leaning against a Roman column jeux positioning the past and future perfectly. Katherine White, the main character of the story, spends time in Italy too. I invite you to join her for these next few days.

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.



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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One Response to Off To Italy for a Few Days With The Novel – Facing East

  1. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve always wanted to ride a Vespa, red preferably!

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