Off To Italy For A Few Days With The Novel -Facing East


I have imaged returning to Italy to Pienza and Lucca to stay for an extended period of time. I was able to go back through Robert Davis, one of the main characters in the new novel, Facing East. Writing about Pienza let me live life twice.

Wandering on, Robert talked less, giving her space to listen and breathe in the Renaissance architecture, the small shops, and the smell of the Pecorino cheese. It was the narrow streets in Pienza,  full of medieval nooks and crannies, that Katherine loved, taking in the food shops and trattorias, and the interesting artisans’ workshops.

Katherine finally commented. “This is unbelievable, no wonder you love it here.


 If you are part of a tour there is a schedule to maintain. The only time I was ever late to catch the bus heading on to the next destination was leaving Pienza. I ambled along trying to absorb this charming place and lost track of time. It is a wonder that I am not still  there drifting through town on the wafts of the Pecorino cheese. I definitely recommend you put Pienza on your list and experience this place when reading the novel.

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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2 Responses to Off To Italy For A Few Days With The Novel -Facing East

  1. dino0726 says:

    Oooh – I can’t imagine missing the bus on a tour in a country you may be unfamiliar with. Scary thought! 🙂
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  2. noelleg44 says:

    I can almost smell the place! Will add to our list of things to see when we get to Italy.

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