"My heart jumps like a toad in a potato sack when the arriving passengers pour
into the gate." I like collecting first lines from every book I read and Matthew Gavin Frank's Barolo (University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2010) reminds why I started. Frank's book is a travelogue of a Chicagoan who spent six months in Barolo, Italy (pop. 646), living out of a tent in the garden of the local Pittatore farmhouse. This novel shows that it really does pay to experience many aspects of life and travel the world when attempting to write. You can read the first chapter of the book here.
Matthew Gavin Frank will be reading at Hopleaf and then signing copies of Barolo tomorrow night (May 11th) at 7pm.