The Vietri Project

The Vietri Project Review

A search for a mysterious customer in Rome leads a young bookseller to confront the complicated history of her family, and that of Italy itself, in this achingly intimate debut with echoes of Lily King and Elif Batuman.

Working at a bookstore in Berkeley in the years after college, Gabriele becomes intrigued by the orders of signor Vietri, a customer from Rome whose numerous purchases grow increasingly mystical and esoteric. Restless and uncertain of her future, Gabriele quits her job and, landing in Rome, decides to look up Vietri. Unable to locate him, she begins a quest to unearth the well-concealed facts of his life.

Following a trail of obituaries and military records, a memoir of life in a village forgotten by modernity, and the court records of a communist murder trial, Gabriele meets an eclectic assortment of the city’s inhabitants, from the widow of an Italian prisoner of war to members of a generation set adrift by the financial crisis. Each encounter draws her unexpectedly closer to her own painful past and complicated family history—an Italian mother diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized during her childhood, and an extended family in Rome still recovering from the losses and betrayals in their past. Through these voices and histories, Gabriele will discover what it means to be a person in the world; a member of a family and a citizen of a country—and how reconciling these stories may be the key to understanding her own.

Title:The Vietri Project
Edition Language:English

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  • Devyn

    I received this book from Goodreads.The Vietri Project is a dawdling slug of a book about a 25 year old woman that hyperfixates on an old man in Rome instead of getting therapy.Not saying The Vietri P...

  • Liz Moody

    This was one of my favorite reads in a long time. It's a beautiful take on a coming-of-age novel (and even a better, a later stage coming-of-age—I loved that the narrator was in her mid20s and still...

  • Natalya

    A gorgeously written, intimate, mesmerizing book. Who doesn’t love a quest? As the protagonist seeks out her mysterious Italian gentleman, The Vietri Project traverses fascinating, devastating vigne...

  • Stephanie McNutt

    I wanted to love this book, but it felt so slow and redundant. The premise of the story was fantastic, but I had a really hard time connecting to the characters. The story was a great thought, but jus...

  • Lynda

    I received a copy of this book from goodreads in return for a honest review. The idea of the story sounded so interesting. A girl going to Rome to look for this man who was always buying multiple unus...

  • Jami Moss

    I received this book as an ARC from a good reads contest and as a thank you I’m leaving an honest review. I really thought I would enjoy this book the story of a girl working in a bookstore deciding...

  • Jennifer Evans

    This book just does not seem to really know what its about. It wanders from random Italian history event to another, bringing in various characters about whom we know little. And, I know that publishe...

  • Cari

    Booklist review to come....

  • Linda

    I tried, I really did....... maybe if i was a bit more intellectual i'd have had the wherewithal to finish? Interesting story of a U.S. bookseller, and her mission to track down an Italian customer o...

  • Bruce Sembar

    Stopped reading this book halfway through because nothing was happening. Picked it up again last week and finished it. There were a couple of interesting ideas, but overall it was disappointing. Not a...