I Give It to You

Valerie Martin (Author)
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Description

A timeless story of family, war, art, and betrayal set around an ancient, ancestral home in the Tuscan countryside from bestselling novelist Valerie Martin.

When Jan, an American academic, rents an apartment in a Tuscan villa for the summer, she plans to spend her break writing a biography of Mussolini. Instead, she finds herself captivated by her hostess, the elegant, acerbic Beatrice. Beatrice's family ties to Villa Chiara and the land on which it stands extend back generations, although the family has fallen on hard times since WWII and the fate of the property is uncertain. But it is rich in stories, and Jan becomes intrigued by an account of Beatrice's uncle, who was mysteriously killed on the grounds at the conclusion of the war. Did he die at the hands of the invading Americans, or was he murdered by his countrymen for his political opinions?
Beatrice, a student of American literature, proves to be a beguiling storyteller and a sharp critic; she and Jan keep in touch after that summer, and a fierce friendship forms. As the years go on, Jan finds she can't help but write Beatrice's story, a decision that opens up questions of ownership and loyalty and leads to a major betrayal.
Thrumming with tension, informed by history, and exploring themes of duty, destiny, art, and friendship, I Give It to You is Valerie Martin at the top of her game.

Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Nan A. Talese
Publish Date
August 11, 2020
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.5 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780385546393

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About the Author

VALERIE MARTIN is the author of ten novels, including The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, The Confessions of Edward Day, Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property; three collections of short fiction; and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain's Orange Prize (for Property).

Reviews

"Valerie Martin has always been a consummate storyteller, but in her new novel she tackles the question of where do a writer's stories come from. And to whom does a story belong? The person it happened to or the one who tells it. In some ways all writers betray their subjects, and Valerie Martin digs into the heart of that betrayal. Reminiscent of Rachel Cusk's Outline Martin masterfully gives voice to those who have been silenced, whose stories would be lost were it not for a writer to retell it."
--Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon

Praise for Sea Lovers

"She always produces something unexpected and revelatory."
--Jane Smiley, author of Golden Age

Praise for Ghost of the Mary Celeste

"A writer of immense talent and insight."
--Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi

"Wonderfully ingenious, compelling, convincing and exciting."
--John Banville, author of Mrs. Osmond

Praise for Confessions of Edward Day

"Martin writes with amplitude, precision, grace, and wit."
--Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review