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All We Know of Love [Paperback]

Katie Schneider


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July 2001
Jo Shepherd grew up on a farm in the Pacific Northwest under the loving care of her grandfather, Frank. After spending months nursing him through his final painful illness, Jo receives a vision of the Virgin Mary, who sends her to Italy to live out her dream of becoming an artist. In doing so, Jo must leave behind her home and her best friend Jack, and risk losing him forever.
In Florence, Jo’s intense artistic visions begin to find fruition, but her odyssey is complicated when she meets Chad and Walter, two extraordinary young men. By day, Jo paints–women in a marketplace, the view of the Arno from the Piazzale Michelangelo. At night, both Chad and Walter vie for her attention. As the lives of these three friends become more deeply entwined, the revelation of painful secrets threatens to destroy their delicate balance.
It isn’t until Jo returns home that she begins to face up to the legacy of her time in Italy, her very real grief for the grandfather she lost, and the prospect of a future with or without Jack.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is all we need to know..... 12 July 2000
By mbee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I nabbed a friend's pre-pub copy of this book because part of the story takes place in Florence and I like to read books that take place in Italy. My all time favorite novel is still Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Dreams" and anyone else who enjoyed that should like this book. This author knows how to weave a tale with some interesting characters and I grew quickly attached to the artist that is the main character. This is delightful reading as Schneider has a magnificent grasp of poetic language that makes it easy to feel immersed not only in the landscape but in the emotions that drives the artist through her process of resolving her grief and coming to terms with her art. I also liked the way the story moves back and forth between the past and the present. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an affecting, well-written first novel 12 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I went from being put off at the beginning of the book by the protagonist's vision of the Virgin Mary to being totally drawn in by this character's travails. Ultimately, despite a shaky and improbable start, the book is affecting and rings true. Schneider won me over with her exploration of the complexity and fragility of relationships and her descriptions of an artist's compulsion to create. Her characters are rich, well-drawn, and compelling. All in all, this was a moving well-written novel. I look forward to Schneider's next book.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling first novel 14 July 2000
By S. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just stayed up all night and finished this magical book! Jo, the main character, is well-drawn and complex, as are her relationships. The story has several levels that are echoed in the settings - I especially liked Florence as a haven and a place of transformation. The language is rich, at times funny, and always right on target. Brava, Katie Schneider!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful writing 24 Aug 2000
By L. Blumenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a pleasure to find a novel with a spiritual theme that resonates truly and completely. I found the theme of an artist's development to be rich and true. The characters were complex and driven and I found the romance quite believable. Also the setting in Florence was wonderfully described by a writer who surely loves the city. This is a remarkable work for a first novel. The shifts in time and switches from present to past tense were a bit jarring, but eventually the style won me over.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, lyrical 17 April 2003
By Marjorie Trax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I don't think that it is particularly the story that I love about this book , though it is a good story. The way the book is written, in this lovely, lyrical prose is captivating and engaging. This book is a wonderful rainy-day treat...and it will remain on my bookshelf for years to come.
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