Portofino by Frank Schaeffer


by Frank Schaeffer


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Frank Schaeffer introduced Calvin Becker in 1993's Portofino, his celebrated novel about an irrepressible thirteen-year-old boy's struggle to come of age in a family of teetotalling American missionaries, as they vacation on the Italian Riviera. Richard Eder wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Schaeffer, by turns, is sentimental, celebratory, evocative and very funny, but we are never far from a sense that harshness and violence are real"-and Portofino went on to become a true reader favorite. Schaeffer completed Calvin's story in two chronological companion volumes, Zermatt and Saving Grandma. In this era of renewed religious extremism, the Calvin Becker Trilogy-like nothing else in contemporary American literature-takes us into the midst of a fundamentalist family in a way that is recognizably human, darkly funny, and always revealing.

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Weight: 0.62 lbs

ISBN-10: 0786713755

ISBN-13: 9780786713752

Books by Frank Schaeffer