Café Tempest: Adventures On a Small Greek Island

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Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island

A fictional memoir that does for Greece what A Year in Provence did for France.

What is it about Greece that makes it so exotic, so romantic, so tantalizing that it s right at the top of everybody s bucket list the one foreign land they're longing to visit? Our dreams are made by Never on Sunday, Zorba the Greek, and just lately My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mama Mia.

Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island is a witty, evocative, beautifully written novel that puts you right in the heart of Greek island life. It's so alive with the sights and smells and tastes and characters of Greece that you can pick it up and start your Mediterranean vacation on page one. On a deeper level, the book is filled with the kinds of observations, reflections, and arc of self-discovery that make Eat, Pray, Love so compelling.

Welcome to Pharos. Laugh and dance in the hammock not the cradle of Western civilization, says author, lyricist, and theatrical producer Barbara Bonfigli. I ve been falling in love with Greece since I was old enough to drink retsina. But if Sarah hadn't captured my imagination you'd never know how I feel about friendship, feta, and the abundance of grace that turns friends into lovers and fishermen into kings.

Synopsis: When Sarah, a thirty-something American theatrical producer, is asked to direct the locals in their summer show, she picks Shakespeare's play The Tempest. What follows is a hilarious adventure in casting, rehearsing, and consuming. Her neighbors are excited about acting but delirious about eating. Their rehearsals in a deconsecrated church become a feast in four acts.

Armed with a sizzling wit, a dangerously limited Greek vocabulary, and a pitch-perfect ear for drama, Sarah navigates the major egos and minor storms of a cab driver Caliban, a postmaster Prospero, and a host of fishermen dukes and knaves.

When she falls in love, there are even trickier seas to navigate. Her own offstage romance provides an exhilarating, unpredictable counterpoint to Shakespeare's story of magic, intrigue, and the power of love.

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About the Author:

Barbara Bonfigli author, lyricist, theatrical producer hitchhiked to Greece in her first nomadic summer and discovered her native land. She s been exploring it ever since hiking in the Pelion, kayaking in the Dodecanese, sailing the Aegean. She wore out five passports and four continents before settling down on a mythical Greek island to uncork her memories, her imagination, and a bottle or two of retsina. The result is her first novel, Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island.

Review:

Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island

Eat (More), Pray (More), Love (More)!

...In Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island, Barbara Bonfigli's fabulous first novel, we are invited to share a concentrated experience of food, spirit and love on an intimate Greek island.

Your heart will race with the tempestuousness of love, your mouth will water from her savory descriptions of zucchini fritters and baklava (recipes included), and you'll discover a remarkable depth of spiritual wisdom, and humor! that shines through every page.

Bonfigli plays with the best elements of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence) and combines them with ingredients from Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek) and Shakespeare (The Tempest) to bring us a uniquely sumptuous literary feast. Opa! --Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Barbara Bonfigli's fictional memoir is why we read books. It s a witty and wise look at love, friendship and baklava. If you can't make it to Greece this summer, don't worry. Café Tempest is the next best thing to being there! --Cheryl Lavin, Chicago Sun-Times syndicated columnist, Tales from the Front

Café Tempest is an original, seductive, witty tale of one magical summer. I found myself laughing out loud. --Christie Hefner

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