Dolci di Love: A Novel by Sarah-Kate Lynch

By Sarah-Kate Lynch

New from the writer of House of Daughters- an impossible to resist confection of affection, loss, and Italian chocolates within the delectable culture of Chocolat

Corporate famous person Lily Turner abandons the boardrooms of ny for the steep streets of Montevedova whilst she discovers her "perfect" husband, Daniel, has one other kin tucked away within the hills of Tuscany. as soon as there, her plight draws the eye of the key League of Widowed Darners, an all-but-invisible military pulling strings backstage to create satisfied endings. quickly founding contributors, Violetta and Luciana, are scheming to fix Lily's damaged heart-and to enlist her aid for his or her suffering pasticceria.

With the luxurious panorama of a luxurious Tuscan summer time within the history, and the tantalizing odor of fresh-baked cantucci within the air, Dolci di Love is the festivity of a contemporary recipe for life.

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Two related poems, one unsettling (“The Eyes of the Poor”), the other quite horrible (“The Rope”), are firmly situated back in Baudelaire’s and Haussmann’s Paris. Like the preceding text, they focus on the eyes of the poor, and again foreground fundamental forms of speech encountered earlier—dialogue and Baudelaire on Urban Conflict and the Failure of Policy 39 recounting. On superficial reading they could be seen as misogynist—but only on superficial reading. Instead, both unmask an effort to displace guilt in the face of urban poverty.

Without pretending to answer the question, it is clear that Baudelaire experienced and wrote about these matters in a historically exemplary urban context, as part of a highly self-conscious literary tradition, but also from direct personal experience, and in penetrating fashion. Accordingly, there is an impressive group of studies of violence in Baudelaire (Thélot) and forms of resistance (Terdiman, 1985; Carpenter, 1996), of which the most illuminating is Ross Chambers’ beautiful Mélancolie et opposition (1987, trans.

The narrator admits that he is unable to explain why he is overcome with despotic hatred for the poor man, and illogically berates him for daring to sell ordinary glass, not colored “panes of paradise,” in the poor districts of the city. This is hardly the sublime capital celebrated in Baudelaire’s essays—rather the city as experienced by the poor, in which alienation from all that is satisfying and beautiful provokes a misdirected violence. The speaker rudely pushes the man toward the staircase, then commits an act that is immensely more destructive: I went to the balcony and I grabbed a little pot of flowers, and when the man reappeared at the door entrance, I let my engine of war drop down perpendicularly on the back edge of his pack.

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