May 9, 2009

Review: "Electrifying stand-alone thriller"

Betty of the Betz Reviews, published her review of The Price of Silence in Mysterious Reviews.

"Camilla Trinchieri's electrifying stand-alone thriller, The Price of Silence, is a tense psychological study involving lies, secrets, and ultimately murder."

"During the course of Emma's trial, itself often riveting reading, the author successfully keeps the suspense level high by intermixing what Emma, Tom, and Josh are thinking and feeling, including some of their innermost secrets. Frequently heart-breaking but always insightful, The Price of Silence is an incredible journey of one family that cannot escape the tragedy of their past."

The copywrite date is 2008.

May 7, 2009

Zoe Magazine's Announcement of the Palermo Reading

In March, 2009, Zoe Magazine announced the Palermo reading and an interview with writer Giacomo Cacciotore:

Camilla Trinchieri l'autrice di " Il prezzo del silenzio" sarà a Palermo presso la libreria Modus Vivendi, per parlare della sua storia di scrittrice newyorkese di origine italiana e per raccontare il romanzo strepitoso ed emozionante che l'ha fatta conoscere.
Interverrà lo scrittore Giacomo Cacciatore.

Palermo 13 Marzo 2009
ore 18.30
Libreria Modus Vivendi
Via Quintino Sella 79

May 6, 2009's Review of Il prezzo del silenzio

Elle, the Italian issue of the famous french women's magazine has a review of Il prezzo del silenzio from 2009 by Serena De Carlo. Here's a quote from it:

"Camilla Trinchieri, l’autrice, tesse con cura una trama in cui la protagonista sarà ricomposta come un puzzle, da varie parti che alla fine porteranno a scoprire il segreto che avvolge An-ling fin dal primo momento. Se vi piacciono i legal thriller, Il prezzo del silenzio fa per voi. Parola di esperti del genere come De Cataldo e Carofiglio."

May 5, 2009

AARP Book Review

Though this book review is from August 2007, it's great to finally find it. One of the aspects of book reviews is that the authors don't necessarily hear of them, and they aren't always easy to find.

The AARP recommended the Price of Silence:

"In this gripping, intelligent psychological thriller, Emma Perotti, an ESL teacher in Manhattan, folds one of her young Chinese students into her family, with dire results. Particularly compelling are the book's subtle insights into the nature of family and foreignness and the lies we tell ourselves and others even when our intentions are good."

May 4, 2009

The Church of San Miniato

Six o’clock in the evening at the Church of San Miniato with beautiful, willful Ulisse. Walking inside, my breath was taken away by the majesty of the church, the green and white marble, the wooden rafters, the huge golden mosaic of Christ with his hand raised in blessing (you can see a smaller version of the mosaic on the outside of the church, above the window). What really blew me away were the monks at the altar singing Gregorian chants. I’m not a religious person, but it was a magical moment. I felt enveloped by peace.

The view from San Miniato. Magic inside the church, more magic outside. This is a city you have to keep coming back to.

May 3, 2009

A Weekend in Western Tuscany

Corte dei Cavalli, the perfect writer’s retreat.
Erika and I spent a dream of a long weekend in the western part of Tuscany. Erika had come through as always and found the perfect place—Corte dei Cavalli, court of the horses, near Certaldo, about a two-hour ride from Florence. We could have gone horseback riding if we’d wanted to, but I preferred to explore the countryside.

What follows is a little tasting of our weekend:

A mimosa tree, a field of daisies, a hedge of rosemary. Heaven.

The view from our apartment with the towers of San Gimignano in the distance on the right.

A fit of giggles. We had those a lot. Erika and I just get on as if we’d known each other forever.

The wonderful piazza of San Gimignano. In the Middle Ages there were 70 tower-houses in the town. Now only 13 survive.

Erika indulging in ice cream in the piazza. She has a mean sweet tooth, but it doesn’t show on her slim body.

The famous Campo in Siena
where each contrada races its horse for the Palio. In Siena we saw a fantastic art show, "Genius, Madness and Art", in a refurbished convent close to the Duomo. Van Gogh wasn’t alone in creating powerful art despite or because of his fragile mental state.

We also had one of our best meals at the Taverna del Capitano. A vegetable tart made of layers of zucchini, onions and red peppers to start, then pici (thick spaghetti) with a garlic, tomato and red pepper sauce. Erika ended the meal with an incredible chocolate cake. “A fairytale cake” she called it.

Volterra, another stunning medieval town, this one with Etruscan roots. It’s famous for its alabaster and the magnificent view. It’s high up and the wind was whipping us into icicles so we didn’t stay very long. In the picture I’m looking down at the Roman amphitheatre

The Roman amphitheatre.

On our way back to Florence on Sunday Erika drove me through the Chianti valley. We stopped in Greve where the monthly market and the local band were in full swing.

We celebrated our weekend with a glass of prosecco in the piazza, bought sausages and a bottle of Grignasco from the renowned shop across the street and then gorged ourselves at Nerbone’s with lard and anchovy bruschetta and a Chianti infused beef stew with onions.

The Church of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy

Camilla writes:

"The church of Santa Croce is behind me. To one side of it is the legendary Scuola del Cuoio, a leather school and shop where the urge to empty my bank account buying everything was almost irrresistible. I got away with buying a baby soft leather cover for my husband’s agenda that didn’t break the bank."

Review from Bookopolis' Sheri S

In March 2009, Sheri S. who writes The Bookopolis blog gave this review of The Price of Silence:

"The Price of Silence" blew me away. I was captivated right from the start and I literally did not want to put the book down. This book is a perfect combination of all the elements that make up a great psychological thriller. There is so much depth to each of the characters and as the book progresses, another layer of their character is exposed. Though it seems like all the facts are presented at the beginning of the book, nothing is at seems and there were twists and turns that I could not have predicted.

I was also amazed by how the author's writing style shifted between each character's narration. Camilla Trinchieri truly embodied Emma, Tom and Josh as if they really had completely separate identities. I found myself thinking about this story and murder trial as if it were real. Ironicaly, it was An-ling's character that was most real and alive to me, despite her being dead throughout the entire book. Her presence in the book was haunting as she cast such a powerful shadow over the lives of the entire Perotti family.

This impressive book is not to be missed!"

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May 2, 2009

Teaching in Florence: The Picture that Nearly Was

Camilla writes:

"I hope there will be another teaching gig, although it will depend on enrollment.

With the economic crisis, it’s probable that fewer students will go abroad. This time I had twenty students, men and women from PennState, UConn and Roger Williams. Only one student was an English major, but they all listened or pretended to, even though they yawned a lot. It was hard to compete with the partying of the night before, but when it came time to write, they all did what I can assume was their best.

What I enjoyed most about this group was hearing how much they were enjoying the experience of being in Florence and going off to other cities in Europe on the long weekends.

For the last class I had brought my camera. I wanted a picture of all of them, but then with handing out papers, saying goodbye, I forgot. It’s too bad. They were a nice looking group."