The Patron Saint of Second Chances

The Patron Saint of Second Chances

Author: Christine Simon

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 1982188774

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The self-appointed mayor of a tiny Italian village is determined to save his hometown no matter the cost in this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming debut novel. Vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor of Prometto, Italy (population 212) Signor Speranza has a problem: unless he can come up with 70,000 euros to fix the town’s pipes, the water commission will shut off the water to the village and all its residents will be forced to disperse. So in a bid to boost tourism—and revenue—he spreads a harmless rumor that movie star Dante Rinaldi will be filming his next project nearby. Unfortunately, the plan works a little too well, and soon everyone in town wants to be a part of the fictional film—the village butcher will throw in some money if Speranza can find roles for his fifteen enormous sons, Speranza’s wistfully adrift daughter reveals an unexpected interest in stage makeup, and his hapless assistant Smilzo volunteers a screenplay that’s not so secretly based on his undying love for the film’s leading lady. To his surprise—and considerable consternation, Speranza realizes that the only way to keep up the ruse is to make the movie for real. As the entire town becomes involved (even the village priest invests!) Signor Speranza starts to think he might be able to pull this off. But what happens when Dante Rinaldi doesn’t show up? Or worse, what if he does? A “hilariously funny and beautifully written” (Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Better Luck Next Time) novel about the power of community, The Patron Saint of Second Chances is perfect for fans of Fredrik Backman and Maria Semple.
The Patron Saint of Second Chances
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Christine Simon
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-04-12 - Publisher: Atria Books

The self-appointed mayor of a tiny Italian village is determined to save his hometown no matter the cost in this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming debut novel. Vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor of Prometto, Italy (population 212) Signor Speranza has a problem: unless he can come up with 70,000 euros to
The Patron Saint of Second Chances
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Christine Simon
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-17 - Publisher: Sphere

The crumbling village of Prometto needs a second chance. Self-appointed mayor and vacuum cleaner repairman, Nino Speranza is the only person who knows that - in just sixty days - the water board will cut off the town, forcing all 212 inhabitants to leave. For all his searching through his
The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Mark Millhone
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-07-07 - Publisher: Rodale

In the course of one nine-month period, filmmaker Mark Millhone's youngest son nearly died from birth complications, his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his mother had a heart attack and passed away, a freak illness claimed the life of one of his friends, and his career imploded. As a
The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Dr. Nick Trout
Categories: Pets
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-12 - Publisher: Hachette UK

Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to his hometown after inheriting his father's failing veterinary practice. Cyrus intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can, but when his first patient -- a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws -- wags her way through the door,
The Gods of Second Chances
Language: en
Pages: 293
Authors: Dan Berne
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-01 - Publisher: Forest Avenue Press

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