Also available in paperback. Illustrated. With recipes.
Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island
by Barbara Bonfigli
A fictional memoir that does for Greece what A Year in Provence did for France.
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 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.
When Sarah, a thirty-something American theatrical producer, is asked to direct the locals in their summer play, she picks Shakespeare’s The Tempest. What follows is a hilarious adventure in casting, rehearsing, and consuming -- 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.