One Italian Summer is a transcendent jewel of a book that you won’t want to put down. Set among the shores and hills of the Amalfi Coast this stunning work takes on love, loss, and the life we live in between.
— Della, Atlanta
March 2022 Indie Next List
“One Italian Summer is pure magic. Rebecca Serle marvelously creates a literary world that feels full and alive, like I can catch a flight with Katy and experience Italy alongside her. This treasure of a book is sure to delight readers.”
— Kaitlin Smith, Copperfield's Books Healdsburg, Healdsburg, CA
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In this “magical trip worth taking” (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.
But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.
And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.
“Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that tug at the heartstrings—and her latest is just as unforgettable” (Woman’s World) as it effortlessly shows us how to move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.
About the Author
Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of Expiration Dates, One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same name. She is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at RebeccaSerle.com.
Lauren Graham is an award-winning actress, producer, and three-time New York Times bestselling author best known for her work on the critically acclaimed television shows Parenthood and Gilmore Girls. She currently stars in the Disney+ series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, on which she serves as Executive Producer. She is also a screenwriter who most recently completed an adaptation of the popular YA novel Field Notes on Love for HBO MAX in collaboration with its author, Jennifer E. Smith. Her second essay collection for Penguin Random House, Have I Told You This Already?, will be released in September 2022. She holds a degree in English from Barnard College and an MFA from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.