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The Chapel

The Chapel

(2015)
A novel by

 
Recently widowed, unhappily stuck on a pricey whiplash tour of Italy, Elizabeth Berman comes face to face with the first documented painting of a teardrop in human history, and in the presence of that tearful mother, and the arresting company of the renowned and anonymous women painted by Giotto in the Arena Chapel, she wakes up to the possibility that she is not lost. Mitchell left me everything, just as he promised. "Everything," he liked to say during his last month on the sofa, "everything will be yours," as if it wasn't yet. I was left with that and two adult children who could not tolerate my sitting in my home by myself--admittedly, rather too often in a capacious pink flannel nightgown and the green cardigan Mitchell was wearing on the afternoon he died. That's how Elizabeth winds up on a tour better suited to her late-husband, a Dante scholar. Mitchell masterminded the itinerary as a surprise for their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. Itching to leave as soon as she arrives in Padua, Elizabeth's efforts to book a ticket home are stymied by her aggressively supportive children, the ministrations of an incomprehensibly Italian hotel staff, and the prospect of forfeiting the sizable

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: The Chapel: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-61902-495-0 / 978-1-61902-495-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Chapel: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-61902-740-2 / 978-1-61902-740-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Chapel: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Downing
Publisher: Counterpoint
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