Love Unearthed (Paperback)
Two Roman university students, Luca and Donato, spot each other in front of an ancient Christian sarcophagus in the Vatican Museums - one that depicts Jesus as a magician. They both feel a mysterious and deep attraction for each other - one that ignites a passionate relationship set against the backdrop of Italian cultural politics. Donato struggles to come out in the face of antipathy from his father, a politician. And Luca must grapple with lingering wounds and self-doubts from an earlier relationship. The story celebrates the erotic tension of young romance in magnificent settings - Rome with its art and archaeology - and Provincetown with its galleries, restaurants, and the parade of handsome men on Commercial Street and at Boys Beach. The fast-paced plot offers a window into the dynamics of new and established relationships, as Luca's gay dads - Oliver and Giancarlo - face tests in their own marriage. Everything comes to a climax as people gather to celebrate Oliver's mothers' 50th anniversary in Ptown. Anna's and Rita's wisdom and affection guide their family and offer a reminder of the chrysalis of time and love. The story is part of a larger saga recounted in the books Oliver and Henry, and A Roman Spell. The narrative weaves together romance, art, history, archaeology, and magic for a rich and mesmerizing read.