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A young English teacher falls -- glass first -- into a love affair and the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier. -- Before Peter Hapworth meets Izzy, he knows the difference between pinot noir and peanut butter, but that's about it. Lonely and frustrated with his academic career -- as well as with dating -- his life takes a sudden turn one night when he turns on the television. He's transfixed by the woman staring back at him, a glass of wine swirling delicately in her hand -- Isabelle Conway, one of the preeminent sommeliers in the world. There's something about her. Somehow, he feels like he already knows her. -- On a whim, he pitches himself as a guest on her popular television show, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. But relationships require a delicate balance of nurturing and belief, much like winemaking. Hapworth and Izzy must navigate the complex mysteries of wine -- and the heart -- from glamorous social events and domestic travails in Chicago to the vineyards and rocky bluffs of Santorini in Greece. Vintage Attraction is a rich and insightful novel by an exciting, young literary talent.
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CHARLES BLACKSTONE is the managing editor of Bookslut. His short stories have appeared in Esquire and other publications. He was named recently one of the ''Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago'' by Newcity. He lives in downtown Chicago with his wife.Review:
''If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. I loved every word.]'' --Gary Shytengart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story
''Charles Blackstone's writing is as much the work of a winemaker as it is of a novelist; the prose evidences the same craftsmanship, the same inimitable personality, takes the same risks, and offers the same rewards in the end as some of the greatest vintages.'' --Burt Wolf, Emmy award-winning host of PBS's Travels and Traditions
''Vintage Attraction's magic is that it brilliantly compares discovering wine to something everyone can relate to: falling in love.'' --Belinda Chang, winner of the James Beard Outstanding Wine Service Award
''Vintage Attraction will take readers on a wild ride through the world of wine.'' --Laura Maniec, master sommelier
''Fiction is often a few beats ahead of the accelerated grimace of reality, as Charles Blackstone demonstrates in this engaging novel about a celebrity sommelier and the hyperarticulate mensch who loves her. A quirky and original novel about love, wine, and marriage.'' --Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
''Blackstone has created a likable protagonist in Peter, and a worthy love interest in Izzy, toying with the dynamic of pursuer and pursued. His wine world knowledge is impressive.'' --Publishers Weekly
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