(Positano, on Italy's Amalfi Coast, is the setting for a c...)
Positano, on Italy's Amalfi Coast, is the setting for a complex tale that focuses on friendship, love, and the legacy of the past upon the present. The story is passionate, as well as poetic, humorous and rich in folklore. In 1952, thirty year old Miranda Arnold, recently divorced, returns to her native Italy with Johnny, her five year old son. After fourteen years of separation she is reunited with her friend Nina, who lives in Positano with James, her troubled English companion. Although the two young women remain traumatized by their pasts, they have an emotional anchor in one another. On one level, they rekindle their friendship, conversing intimately about what they endured in their fourteen years apart. On another level, as Miranda becomes part of Nina's ever-changing and unsettled orbit, their relationship will be severely tested. Soon the story grows into a complex tale of friendship, love, and the legacy of the war. The two main male protagonists are the mysterious doctor, Danilo Arieli, and the seaman Nicodemo, Danilo's larger-than-life friend. Within the sensuous embrace of Positano, the characters are intertwined in ways both tender and dramatic, as memories about their tragic war experiences continue to implode. The collage of secondary characters adds piquant and humorous moments. A wholeness emerges from all the fragments: love rising above guilt or obsession, life in the face of death, the ability to stand alone and also to love fully. The story concludes with many surprising revelations.
( LOVERS AND FUGITIVES is a spellbinding tale of suspense...)
LOVERS AND FUGITIVES is a spellbinding tale of suspense and love set amidst the backdrop of World War II. An inspiring tribute to the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. A tender story of real people, locked in a common struggle, who redefine the word love. Saskia and her mother, Helga, cannot comprehend a world gone mad. David is alive only through incredible luck. They're never sure who is a friend and who is an enemy, right down to the breathtaking conclusion.
Bachelor, San Francisco State University, 1972. Master of Arts, San Francisco State University, 1975.
Teacher creative writing San Francisco State University, 1975—1977. Teacher comparative literature College of Marin, Kentfield, 1977—1978. Lecturer creative writing Fromm Institute University San Francisco, 1982—2009.
Married Fred Solinger, March 1942 (divorced November 1951). 1 child Tom David Solinger. Married Ervin Mautner, July 24, 1954 (deceased).
Children: Daria Cohen, Eva.