Frances Mayes
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Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes's new novel (April, 2018) Women in Sunlight delves into possibilities women face as they grow older. Three southern women meet at orientation at Cornwallis Meadows, an active life-style retirement community. They become friends and decide to leap out of what is forecast for them and take on life in Italy. Their story is told by Kit, an American writer already ensconced on a Tuscan hillside. They've all had their share and more of heartache but this is their year. Frances wrote the novel as a tribute to all the women she has met who have traveled to a foreign country in quest of enlightenment.

Frances has always adored houses, and when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation came four marvelous, and hugely popular, books: international bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes, and photographer Bob Krist, and Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy, another collaborative book with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld. All four highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, wine, gardens, and the "voluptuousness of Italian life." She was awarded the Premio Casato Prime Donne for a major contribution in the field of letters in 2009.

Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and mystery, returned Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia. She is also the author of the travel memoir entitled A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller in 2006. Working again with Steven Rothfeld, she published Shrines: Images of Italian Worship, also in 2006. A film version of Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in fall of 2003.

Prior to Women in Sunlight, Frances published Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, set in her hometown, Fitzgerald , Georgia. Her work has been translated into more than fifty languages.

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto. Her work The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing, traveling, restoring an historic garden. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.


"Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes."
-- The New York Times

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    • Women in Sunlight

    • A Novel
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enchanting

    • By Jan Harris on 04-14-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • See You in the Piazza

    • New Places to Discover in Italy
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Frances Mayes
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Best-selling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine....

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 158

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • By Alicia on 09-19-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Bella Tuscany

    • The Sweet Life in Italy
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Maudlin Journal cum Drawl

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-05

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Every Day in Tuscany

    • Seasons of an Italian Life
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    The celebrated "bard of Tuscany" lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Travelers Guide

    • By Ron Brown on 03-23-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • In Tuscany

    • By: Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    From the best selling author whose memoirs Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing but not a total waste

    • By Claire on 01-15-05

    Regular price: $19.93

    • A Year in the World

    • Journeys of a Passionate Traveller
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26

    A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes, a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable escape (mostly)

    • By Sonia on 10-30-06

    Regular price: $34.97

    • Under Magnolia

    • A Southern Memoir
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • France's Mayes is like a warm old friend.

    • By Kevin Graves on 04-01-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Bringing Tuscany Home

    • Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy
    • By: Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Frances and her husband share the essence of Tuscan life as they have lived it, with specific ideas and inspiration for listeners stateside to bring the beauty and spirit of Tuscany into their own home decor, meals, gardens, entertaining, and outlook on life....

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Swan

    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Debra Monk
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    A haunting novel set in the deep South - a resonant tale of long-buried family secrets and mysteries brought suddenly to light....

    Regular price: $25.13

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