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In the summer of 1992, public relations writer Alison Miller takes her savings and flies from Chicago to Europe in search of information about Stendhal, the nineteenth-century French author of The Red and the Black
and The Charterhouse of Parma.
Traveling to the same cities, walking the same streets, and taking in the same vistas, Alison hopes to discover fresh material and gain an intimate perspective to write a new biography of Stendhal with whom she feels a deep affinity.
Alison, fifty-four and in a crumbling marriage, is on her own for the first time in decades. During her sojourns in Grenoble, Milan, Civitavecchia, Rome, and Paris, she does, indeed, bring to light new Stendhal work, but her far greater discoveries are about herself as she learns to love again and, most importantly, to accept love that is offered to her. Jack Messenger, Readers.