From Goodreads: Eat, Pray, Love meets The Rosie Project in this fresh, heartwarming memoir by a man who travels to Verona and volunteers to answer letters addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet, all in an attempt to heal his own heartbreak.
When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet—letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet’s hometown; people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart.
Glenn’s journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet. Did these star-crossed lovers actually exist? Why have they remained at the forefront of hearts and minds for centuries? And what can they teach us about love?
When Glenn returns home to Canada and resumes his duties as an English teacher, he undertakes a lively reading of Romeo and Juliet with his students, engaging them in passions past and present. But in an intriguing reversal of fate and fortune, his students—along with an old friend—instruct the teacher on the true meaning of love, loss, and moving on.
An enthralling tale of modern-day love steeped in the romantic traditions of eras past, this is a memoir that will warm your heart.
Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak is an intriguing story about a high school teacher who’s attempt at love has fallen short. He then embarks on a journey to Verona, Italy to spend a summer answering letters that were sent to Juliet.
I thoroughly enjoyed this touching memoir. It sort of reminded me of the movie “Letters to Juliet” which my mom has influenced me to watch at least ten times. Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is incorporated into the story which adds a nice touch.
It’s written well and even though it’s not my favorite type of book, I was happy with it from beginning to end. 4 stars
Thanks to Netgalley for sharing a copy with me in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
Glenn Dixon’s latest book is “Juliet’s Answer” (Simon and Schuster, January 2017). As the lone male secretary at the Club di Giulietta in Verona, he answered the real letters to Juliet and he learned something of love, of Shakespeare and of the sun splashed hills of this ancient Italian city.
Publishers Weekly gave his second book, “Tripping the World Fantastic”, a starred rating, saying it “succeeds by connecting readers intimately with the souls of music-makers all over the world.” From a trip to Bob Marley’s grave in Jamaica to sitar lessons on the banks of the Ganges, Dixon tells the story of music and just why it has such a powerful effect on us all. www.tripping-the-world.com
Like a cross between Bill Bryson and Malcolm Gladwell, Dixon has written travel articles and cultural pieces for National Geographic, the New York Post, the Globe and Mail and Psychology Today.
His first book was Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: a journey through the 6000 languages of Earth.
He lives and works in Calgary, Canada.