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Venice is about love and the tensions that pull us apart: the love between Harrison and his uncle Ryan, who is in need of a person to belong to, Natalie, who is pulled between her art and her heart, and Phil’s awkward stilted love. Think, Nick Hornby’s About a Boy.

Quite an enjoyable novella! This novella, the second in a series of 5, is beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable.

Ryan is a man who is down on his luck. He lives with his sister Natalie, her husband Phil and their son Harrison. Natalie is an emerging artist, and Phil is a dentist. Ryan and Harrison embark on a road trip to collect something for Natalie’s exhibit, and forge a strong bond.

Nick Earls has a way of writing novellas with a great amount of detail. When I finished reading Venice, I felt like I had read a 400-page novel! The descriptive language and the characters are fantastically written, and you really get drawn into the story. This novella will stay with me for some time.

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