The Hickory Stick Bookshop invites you to join them and author Camila Calhoun for a discussion and signing of her book, The White Moth: Three Generations at a Tuscan Villa (Troubador, $25)in Washington Depot.
The White Moth is an intimate, riveting portrait of life at a farm villa in Tuscany, from the challenging times of fascism and foreign occupation in the 1940s to the idyllic farm-to-table times in the 1970s. A generational saga of longing, loss and displacement, the book is also an American woman’s tribute to her Italian husband and mother-in-law.
While championing Alda’s courage, optimism and resilience despite heartbreaking loss, the author also celebrates her own idyllic times spent harvesting and falling in love with her friend at his farm villa in the 1970s. The book explores the interconnected stories of three generations of women who marry into the Rafanelli family and reveals the importance of place and the tender relationship between women. It is also the story of the changing roles and status of women and challenges the stereotype of the often maligned role of a mother-in-law.
Camilla Calhoun left her job at a museum in New York City to follow her dream of living and writing in Italy. From the mid-1970s she lived for four years at her friend Aldo Rafanelli’s Tuscan villa where she harvested grapes and olives, sowed wheat, wrote essays, and ran a flower shop in Florence. She and Aldo eventually married and had their first child before moving back to New York. Ever interested in the connection to and loss of place, Camilla is working on an historical novel based on her published essay, A Town Called Olive, about her ancestors uprooted by the building of the Ashakan Reservoir, the source of New York City’s drinking water. Recently she wrote a collection of essays about the love and loss of Aldo in 2016. The author lives in Tarrytown, New York, with a view of the Hudson River. She relishes spending time with her two sons and two grandsons, and with family and friends.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The White Moth by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop.
Sunday, August 4, 2 pm
The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road