Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Tour & My Review: An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzzatto...


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In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever. 

Love, Sex And Betrayal

It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn't sure he committed it. 

A new adult novel that will grab you and won't let you go.


Kfir has truly written a remarkable love story here, yet he has also thrown a few other various angles at us to keep us enthralled until the very last page. I say this because the main character will one moment have you cheering for him, and another moment you are just in total disbelief at something he does. While he isn't exactly the most likable of characters once you really get to know him, you are kind of able to feel for him, because of the things you learn about him and his childhood as you read the book. I think the readers definitely walk away with the feeling that they have perhaps relearned an important lesson....that being that your past will always catch up with you, one way or another.

Roberto, a young Italian man comes of age throughout this story; unfortunately being that it takes place in the 70's, we know that it was an era filled with ample crime, sex and drugs.

In grade school, Roberto meets who he is soon to realize will become the love of his life, and I do mean that literally. It seems as if everything Roberto does throughout this whole book is because of his love for this seemingly unobtainable girl, Cassandra, and I do mean....with his actions, sometimes clearly he is not thinking of anyone else BUT Cassandra.

So they meet in grade school and are separated and then they again meet up in later years and become pretty seriously involved, once at a weekend party, but because of certain things that happen that weekend, they are once again separated....only to meet up again once more later in the story. I know this sounds sort of confusing, but they are reunited a total of three times throughout the story.

But first, Roberto will find himself in trouble with the law and sent away to boarding school by his Father. While at boarding school, his parents and brother come for a visit, only to be killed in an accident on their way home. This accident leaves Roberto with the only family he has left...his Uncle, and begins working in his Uncle's shop with him. 

This story will take you through many twists and turns and reveal big surprises, but because I don't like to be a spoiler, I don't want to say much more. I will say that this is a book that once you have picked up, you most likely won't be putting back down until you've finished every last page.

I really enjoyed this book, and while it was the first I've read from this author, I'm very certain that it won't be the last. 

★ I gave this book 4 stars, all in all....a great read. 


Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir work as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. 

Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. 

Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor. 

 You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan


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