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Monday, April 29, 2013

At Least You're in Tuscany - Jennifer Criswell

Release Date - October 2012

Jennifer Criswell
Gemelli Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

At Least You're in Tuscany details Jennifer Criswell's move from New York City to Italy. The author recounts the hassles of waiting on paperwork to receive citizenship papers, while also struggling to find work that affords her the luxury of being able to work, something necessary to survival in Tuscany. Jobs she is able to land are not the easiest in the world, and the details are vivid and enjoyable.

It shares the story of both Ms. Criswell's transition, but also that of her dog's, a Weimaraner, as the dog adjusts to the long flight, though the dog adjusts pretty easily by comparison.

I've heard in other memoirs that moving to Italy isn't as easy as you'd hope. One memoir told of the writer's struggle to get his citizenship paperwork after he married an Italian woman. It's clear to me that Italy doesn't just hand out citizenship papers or even their equivalent of a green card without clear proof. Frustrating, I'm sure, for the user, but maybe not such a bad idea in the scheme of things.

It's an honest story filled with humor, frustration, and a growing passion for this new home.

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