humorous true tale of how the author moved—against
and his better judgement—to Italy with his
wife, only to rediscover himself,
the importance of getting in touch with his inner Italian.
years of working on a string of sitcoms, Phil Doran suddenly
found himself on the outside looking in. Just as he and his peers
had replaced the older guys when he was coming up the ranks,
it was now happening to him. And it was freaking him out.
twenty-five years of losing her husband to Hollywood, Doran's
wife decided it was finally time for a change—so on one of her
many solo trips to Italy she surprised him by purchasing a broken-down
three-hundred-year-old farmhouse for them to restore. The Reluctant
Tuscan is the author's transition from a successful but overworked
writer-producer in Hollywood to a man rediscovering himself and
his wife while in Italy, finding happiness in the last place
he expected to.
finds himself navigating througth the maddening labyrinth of
Italian bureaucracy just to get a road paved to their house;
dealing with the foibles of their neighbors and the tangled drama
of the family who sold them the home; coming to accept that the
Italians live with a million laws and no rules; and learning
that everything closes down for four hours in the middle of the
day for lunch, wine-drinking, and lovemaking—all while Doran
becomes slowly seduced by the inexhaustible beauty and tactile
pleasures of Tuscany.