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Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Secrets. Affairs. Glamour. Love. Happiness. Tragedy. Intrigue.

These are the emotions that Liza Klaussmann is able to garner in her new book Villa America. Based on the real-life inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night, Villa America dazzles as it unfolds in the background of Cap D'Antibes paradise. 

It's charming, and just like you'd expect from charm, it starts to fade into the limelight after a while. That's when secrets are uncovered, and tragedy manages to immerse its claws into the lives of the characters. 

Fictional characters are intertwined so seamlessly with historical greats. Sara and Gerald Murphy are friends of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Love letters from Gerald to Sara are beautiful. They marry, and raise their family on the gorgeous backdrop of the 1920s French Riviera. But, their life is far from perfect. 

Gerald becomes a painter, and together with their three children they create a house, the Villa America on the French Riviera where famous artists pop in and out, including Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. 
The Guardian  describes Villa America as 'a life created by imaginative vision'. 

Liza Klaussmann has attempted to bring her characters to life. The story simmers with a slow anticipation, but for me it lacked a bit in depth and substance. 


Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle) 

Villa America is published by Bond Street Books (