Peter Pezzelli

Author of Home to Italy and Francesca’s Kitchen

Peter Pezzelli


Fabio Terranova is a brilliant dancer. Young, handsome, and enormously talented he is desperate to leave his little hometown in the mountains of central Italy. With dreams of one day making his mark on Broadway and Hollywood, he has made plans to travel to Milan to enter a dance competition he hopes will be his springboard to fame and fortune in America. All is set until the eve of his departure when a night of wild celebration with his friends ends in tragedy.

Left broken in body and spirit, his dreams of dancing shattered by the events of that night, Fabio descends into bitter darkness. Fearing for her son, his mother, Liliana, makes a fateful decision. She sends Fabio across the ocean to live with her uncle, Rick Vitale, who runs a small glassmaking operation in a quaint New England village. Rick lives in solitude, his own reasons for abandoning Italy years earlier long shrouded in mystery. He takes Fabio in and sets about teaching him the art of glassblowing. Relentlessly driven, ever laboring by the searing heat of the furnace, Fabio learns to create dazzling works of glass. The endless hours of toil, however, provide him no solace and he remains tormented by the past, a past he can’t bear to face.

Now, with the days growing short and the darkness of winter closing in, it is up to Rick to show his nephew the way back to the light. But it is a long journey through the deepest chambers of the heart, one that Fabio must ultimately make on his own if he is to learn that the best days of his life may yet lie ahead...

New from Peter Pezzelli!

Chosen for Reader's Digest Select Editions 2014
and the Sons of Italy National Book Club!


Internationally acclaimed author Peter Pezzelli returns with another tale of life and love, family and friendship, and the hope of second chances...


THE GLASSBLOWER'S APPRENTICE

“A moving, inspirational tale of loss, love, and healing. THE GLASSBLOWER'S APPRENTICE will capture your heart with its unforgettable characters and the painful--but necessary--lessons they must learn. A winner!”
Rosanna Chiofalo, author of Bella Fortuna



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"The Glassblower's Apprentice" is available for shipping in a day or two from Amazon.com despite it's listing of "two to four weeks". If you would like to order online but are concerned, please go to BarnesandNoble.com where the book will ship within 24 hours, or order through your local bookstore.

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Selected Works

Fiction
The journey back to life leads through the heart...
“A beautiful novel...Peter Pezzelli captures the warmth of Italy--family, friendships, and food--invites us into the world of his wonderful characters, and takes us full circle on a journey of life and love.”
Luanne Rice
New York Times bestselling author
Sometimes you can go home again...
“Poignant and emotionally revealing, Pezzelli's latest will have you laughing, crying and simply enjoying a first-rate novel.”
--Romantic Times
"Home cooking, good pasta, and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story."
--Publishers Weekly
"A sweet, brave, and funny novel--with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island."
Claire Cook
--author of Must Love Dogs

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