Like Elena Ferrante, this author tells a gripping story of friendship, struggle, love, and social turmoil, with two women at its center, against the background of American society (1960's to 2012). From the hippie movement to the 9/11 attack and beyond, this novel reveals the erosion of American values which brought about the current outcome.
Amy's Story begins with Amy (full name America) moving from Italy to New York City to live near her American father, head of a publishing house. Her life journey is intertwined with the story of Stella, her childhood friend, whose unfinished memoir she intends to publish. They both experience love, friendship, obstacles, success, and more, as their path runs parallel to the Vietnam War, student protests and the Kent State shooting, hippie culture, the birth of radicalism and feminism, presidential elections and assassinations, the Watergate scandal, up to the 9/11 attack and beyond, providing a commentary on the historical highlights that influenced the development of American society over the past 40 years and brought about the current outcome.
Additional captivating characters complete the picture and sustain the action: Jim, a heartthrob who conceals his sensitive nature under a bravado façade. Steve, Stella's husband, conformist and uninspiring; Nik, a passionate and extravagant Russian intellectual; Rosa, once a maid at Amy's grandmother's country estate and now married to the owner of a New York pizzeria; and others.
Stella's memoir never gets published, because Amy transforms it into a very successful novel. This twist will have the reader re-imagine the entire story and see it from a surprising new perspective.
About the Author
Anna Lawton, born in Italy, was a professor of Russian literature at Purdue University, and later taught courses in visual culture and film studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of three scholarly books, and numerous articles and essays in academic collections. Her book, Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts, received the CHOICE Award as Outstanding Academic Title 2005. Her first novel, Family Album, was published in Italy, and is currently being translated into English. She lives in Washington, D.C.
"Amy's Story is simply spellbinding. This is a story at once about identity, love and social upheaval; a woman's journey from old world to new; from Italy to America. Mysterious, brave and captivating." -Joe McGinniss Jr., author of Carousel Court and The Delivery Man "Lawton's characters connect to words with dynamic interactions and intellectual alacrity. This author's voice manages both the interior lives of her characters and the connective tissue of their worlds. Anna Lawton's mastery of story orchestrates the best out of 'situation and plot, ' with a full range of motion using the entire emotional alphabet." -Grace Cavalieri, Producer/host, "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress "From the collapsing towers of 9/11 to the lyrical groves of northern Italy, the author ingeniously morphs Amy's Story into a journey across America and back and forth across time. Along the way we meet a cohort of colorful characters, witness several romances, and there are wars and politics, too-all woven into a mesmerizing narrative that unspools like a good film. Anna Lawton is not only a scholar of the first rank, but a deft and artful novelist with a flair for the unexpected in her work." -Louis Menashe, author of Moscow Believes in Tears: Russians and Their Movies