On Saturday, 12th March, I will be whisking my way to Naples on the Freccia-Rossa high speed train to spend a morning with the lovely people of the International American Women’s Group of Naples, who have invited me to come and present ‘The Disobedient Wife’ to their group, as well as a wider audience.
I’m excited to see the ancient metropolis of Naples, as though I have lived in Rome, Lazio for the last 30 months, this will be the first visit to my neighbouring city in Campania region. The reasons I haven’t dared go to date seem cowardly, even ill-informed when I think about them now. Rowdy, countryside-born children unused to the hustle and traffic of the city; stories of motorbike muggings from visitors; the organized corruption and rubbish piled up to rot in the streets. All this served to turn my compass north whenever I felt a desire to explore new places in Italy.
Now though, I have a wonderful, all expenses paid, opportunity to see something of Naples, soak up the sights and smells for another, longer visit later this summer on my way to Sorrento, Capri and Iscia… who knows? I can’t wait!
If you are in Naples on 12th March 2016, if you are an avid reader, or a fellow writer… and would like to see my presentation, please contact me here and I will put you in touch with the Naples AIWG Coordinator. The plan for the morning: I’ll show a short film, read several excerpts from the novel and hold a question and answer session. I’ll have some books to sign with me, should anyone want to buy one. The presentation is from 11:30 – 13:00.
To remind you, The Disobedient Wife is a compelling read about two women in Tajikistan: A diplomat’s wife and her maid, a local woman from Tajikistan. The story examines life in a Central Asian outpost and the changes that have affected women since the collapse of the Soviet apparatus. Themes: Infidelity, Drug trafficking, Cultural Tradition versus modernity and women’s rights.
It won the Cinnamon Press New Book Award in 2014 and was published the following year, a few months ago, in November 2015.