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Café Tempest

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Barbara Bonfigli
Tell Me Press (tellmepress.com)

I love fictional memoirs—they allow writers to share the heart of a story while allowing them to protect the innocent. In Café Tempest, Sarah agrees to direct the local Greek townspeople in a production of the The Tempest. Everything you would expect from such a setup ensues. This book has it all—a magnificent sense of place, wonderful characters to care about, and some of the best dialogue I’ve read in a while. I’m trying hard not to hold the publisher’s apparent homophobia (we’re told it’s a gay book by a mis-cut little piece of paper inserted in the reader’s copy) against this excellent debut novel. —Review: Angel Curtis

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