Valeria's Last Stand: A Novel (Paperback)

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Marc Fitten author of the deviously delicious Valeria’s Last Stand, lived in Hungary developing a camaraderie with the people and appreciation for the place.  Valeria is the curmudgeonly conscience of her small Hungarian village.  She goes to the farmer’s market and squeezes the produce, loudly denouncing anything less than perfect, keeping the stall holders on their toes.  At sixty eight, she is settled in her ways, or thinks she is settled until her sexuality is awakened.  Gazing across the market, her eyes find the potter, a sunbeam shines upon him lighting a fire in Valeria.  That poor potter is never going to know what hit him!  And Valeria is not his only challenge; he has been seeing the town’s bartender, Ibolya, a woman of passionate temperament. Ibolya will not cede defeat without a good fight.  Add in a cheerfully corrupt mayor, his trophy wife, and a nefarious chimney sweep for bit of seasoning. This is a humorous lively love story with the flavor of a fable.  Remember, it is never too late for cupid’s arrow.

— Deon Stonehouse

May 2009 Indie Next List


“Valeria, a 50-ish curmudgeon of a woman, finds fault with everyone in her small Hungarian village. One day, though, the town's potter catches her eye, and she discovers herself. Full of interesting characters, intrigue, love and lust, political corruption, and more, Valeria's Last Stand is a delightful and satisfying read.”
— Gayle Wingerter, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA

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The Hungarian village of Zivatar may be isolated, but it is not completely immune to the changes sweeping the country. The Soviets have left, and the villagers are warming to the blessings of capitalism-expensive cars, cheap women, and California fruit. It's all too much for Valeria, the village grouch. And yet, Valeria is not immune to change, either. Her routine trip to the market leads to unexpected love, and sets off a chain reaction through the entire village. A remarkably accomplished debut novel, Valeria's Last Stand contemplates love, lust, tradition, and transition with wisdom and warmth.

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The Hungarian village of Zivatar may be isolated, but it is not completely immune to the changes sweeping the country. The Soviets have left, and the villagers are warming to the blessings of capitalism-expensive cars, cheap women, and California fruit. It's all too much for Valeria, the village grouch. And yet, Valeria is not immune to change, either. A routine trip to the market leads to unexpected love, and sets off a chain reaction through the entire village. A remarkably accomplished debut novel, Valeria's Last Stand contemplates love, lust, tradition, and transition with wisdom and warmth.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781608192090
ISBN-10: 1608192091
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English