BOOK: Love at First Sight by Vincent Zandri
Product Description: A young U.S. Army officer who’s served in Afghanistan finds himself suffering from intermittent bouts of “hysterical” temporary blindness due to impossible and deadly orders he was forced to obey by high command in the field. When he’s reunited with his fiancée in a military hospital in Germany after being separated for more than year, the couple are encouraged by doctors to travel to Venice, Italy together. There, amongst the canals and the cafes, they try to rekindle their love and fight off their personal demons while trying to comprehend the enormity of the heartbreaking role they now must play in love and war.
REVIEW: An interesting novella, very well written since the protagonist is blind and dealing with trauma. Lots of emotional depth here also due to the character’s problems – so less description of Venice, and far more of a layered character study. I usually dislike present tense writing, but Zandri has a firm handle on that and an experienced literary style.
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