Solo in Salento begins with a lie.
Donna was raised never to lie, but she was desperate to break out of a life haunted by a wretched past, a loss of faith, toxic relationships, and a slow sink into domestication. Her life had stalled after an extensive and stressful management career in public and private sectors and early retirement. She craved time away from everything and everyone, including her loving husband. To give herself permission to take a personal journey, she lied, telling everyone she was traveling alone to do research for a historical fiction she intended to write.
While in Otranto, Donna learned how to master the complexity of a recycling system in a country where she didn’t speak the language. In the process, she discovered by applying these same trash rules to her own life she could sort, recycle, and discard the personal garbage that had plagued her over a lifetime.
The book’s universal themes of personal growth and travel invite you to come along. Active travelers, solo travelers, courageous wanna be travelers, and armchair travelers enthusiasts alike will be drawn into the magic. The Italian-American community as well as anyone who has traveled to or wants to travel to Italy will relish this transformational story filled with music, mosaics, mysterious sacred places, culinary delights, and the possibility of being kidnapped.
Reviews for Solo in Salento
Cele Seldon, travel journalist, Seldon Ink
Sally Veillette, author of Coming to Your Senses: Soaring With Your Soul and Sicilian Roots
Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers and The Past is Never, winner of the 2018 Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction
Ishita Sood, India’s only blogger on Italy - Italophilia www.ishitasood.com
Joan Dempsey, author of This Is How It Begins
Jonathan Haupt, coeditor of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
Panda Richie, owner, Windows of the World Travel LLC
Rebecca Bruff, author of Trouble the Water
Dianne Hales, author La Bella Lingua, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World.
Donna Bearden, Author of Finding More Me: Journaling to Go Soul Deep
Cassandra King Conroy, author of TELL ME A STORY: My life with Pat Conro
Susan Cushman, author of Friends of the Library and Cherry Bomb, and editor of Southern Writers on Writing and A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be
About the Author
Donna Keel Armer
Donna Keel Armer’s first trip to Italy occurred in 1995. She fell in love. While she has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, and Africa, she was compelled to return to Italy over and over. When she found herself alone in a small village in Southern Italy, she put the experience in a email journal to a small group of friends, hoping that one day she’d find the words to share the mystery, the music, the mosaics, the martyrs, and the marvelous food with the world.
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