Category Archives: Illustrated Scenes from the novel

Asleep on the beech

Asleep on the beach

  “I know where we can sleep. Come on!” I found him by an old upturned boat. “What do you think?” I surveyed the flakey blue paint, the damp exposed wooden slats, the tendrils of seaweed. “I’m game if you

Asleep on the beech

Asleep on the beach

  “I know where we can sleep. Come on!” I found him by an old upturned boat. “What do you think?” I surveyed the flakey blue paint, the damp exposed wooden slats, the tendrils of seaweed. “I’m game if you

At the Factory

At the Factory

“I don’t care how you do it, even if you have to live down there and sleep under their machines, it better be done. What are you still standing there for?”

At the Factory

At the Factory

“I don’t care how you do it, even if you have to live down there and sleep under their machines, it better be done. What are you still standing there for?”

Villains

The Villains

I watched Arturo and Paola leaning in to talk quietly to each other, pale faces almost touching like two theatre masks. Was it my imagination or did they also possess a freakish ability to float a few inches above the

Villains

The Villains

I watched Arturo and Paola leaning in to talk quietly to each other, pale faces almost touching like two theatre masks. Was it my imagination or did they also possess a freakish ability to float a few inches above the

Mammone!

‘Mammone’ Up Ahead!

I had happened upon and observed in its natural habitat one of Italy’s most indigenous species: the mammone. On such an encounter, it is recommended to have binoculars, photographic equipment, even a picnic to enjoy these colorful creatures. Then it

Mammone!

‘Mammone’ Up Ahead!

I had happened upon and observed in its natural habitat one of Italy’s most indigenous species: the mammone. On such an encounter, it is recommended to have binoculars, photographic equipment, even a picnic to enjoy these colorful creatures. Then it

Lionesses

Lionesses

  A group of Italian women strode into the bar. As they claimed a table in the corner, they commanded the attention of every male in the room, a pride of lionesses settling under a tree by a watering hole.

Lionesses

Lionesses

  A group of Italian women strode into the bar. As they claimed a table in the corner, they commanded the attention of every male in the room, a pride of lionesses settling under a tree by a watering hole.

Kat and Edward

Kat and Edward

“Can you picture it? Just a couple of swells we’ll be, mincing along the Naviglio, attending flash soirees and –oh, come here a minute, will you?” he said, frowning. “A jauntier angle is called for.” He adjusted my hat so

Kat and Edward

Kat and Edward

“Can you picture it? Just a couple of swells we’ll be, mincing along the Naviglio, attending flash soirees and –oh, come here a minute, will you?” he said, frowning. “A jauntier angle is called for.” He adjusted my hat so

Portobello Market

Portobello Market

Jean was the fairy godmother of quality vintage; as if by magic a ghostly procession of orphaned vestments materialized in her back lot where she sprinkled them from satin-covered hangers and teased them from hat boxes to the tune of

Portobello Market

Portobello Market

Jean was the fairy godmother of quality vintage; as if by magic a ghostly procession of orphaned vestments materialized in her back lot where she sprinkled them from satin-covered hangers and teased them from hat boxes to the tune of

The Feed Dogs

The Feed Dogs

Afternoons passed as I coaxed the diaphanous wisps to approach the needle, only to watch the cranky old machines turn on them, snatching and biting. This won’t hurt a bit, I’d promise and, moments later, have to rescue another gnarled

The Feed Dogs

The Feed Dogs

Afternoons passed as I coaxed the diaphanous wisps to approach the needle, only to watch the cranky old machines turn on them, snatching and biting. This won’t hurt a bit, I’d promise and, moments later, have to rescue another gnarled