What Casanova Told Me

Susan Swan, Author . Bloomsbury $23.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-58234-453-9

The mystery of Casanova's last great love lies at the center of Swan's alluring novel (after The Wives of Bath ). In the present, Luce Adams, a young archivist, and Lee, the woman who was her late mother's lover, are uneasy travel companions on their way to Crete to host a memorial service for Kitty Adams, a flamboyant scholar famous for her controversial work on ancient goddess cults. On the way, Luce must deliver important family documents to a library in Venice: the diary of ancestor Asked For Adams, the spirited and independent daughter of a cousin of President John Adams; another document that appears to be written in Arabic; and letters in Casanova's hand. The library really wants the letters, while Luce becomes fascinated with Asked For's diary. Asked For disappeared while in Venice with her father in 1797; her diary reveals that she left with the aging Casanova and traveled with him throughout the Mediterranean on much the same route that Luce herself is taking. The mystery of Asked For's fate—as well as that of Luce's mother—unfolds through the alternating perspectives of past and present. Though the many parallels between Asked For and Luce strain credibility, their stories weave together well and Asked For, in particular, has a bright, engaging voice. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. (June)

Reviewed on: 05/02/2005
Release date: 06/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
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