This guy is a master tapestry weaver blending setting (Italian coastline), plot (love story—sort of) and personalities (a son with familial duties, an aging Hollywood actress, Richard Burton and a supporting cast of colorful characters).
He writes beautifully while also having an eye for the quirkiness of life.
This is a “heavy” read with lots going on—sometimes meandering at a creep and other times hitting the gas.
If you take it to the beach, wait until the kids are asleep.
If you take it on the boat, hold off until starting the longest leg of your charted course.