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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam Schell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: January 29, 1964

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Illinois Connection

Schell attended Northwestern Illinois University in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Schell has a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He played inside linebacker at Northwestern University, has made two award-winning short films, worked as a screenwriter, directed commercials, cooked professionally with Glorious Food of New York City. He also picked grapes and olives in Tuscany, got fired as a food critic, then moved to Los Angeles, California, where he works as a yoga teacher and writes.

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Titles At Your Library

Tomato Rhapsody: A Fable of Love, Lust & Forbidden Fruit
ISBN: 0385343337

Delacorte Press. 2009

A village in Tuscany is the setting for this joyous debut—a novel that defies all our expectations as it puts a fresh, clever, captivating spin on the age-old tale of forbidden love. Rich in literary delights, filled with spectacular wordplay, and rife with the bawdy humor of Shakespeare’s comedies, Tomato Rhapsody is the almost-true tale of how the tomato came to Italy—at once a brilliantly inventive fable of love, lust, and longing, and a dazzling feast for the imagination.

This is a story born from love—a forbidden love—between Davido, an Ebreo tomato farmer, and Mari, a beautiful Catholic girl.…But it’s not only Davido and Mari who have secrets of the heart. Everyone around them yearns for something—from Davido’s grandfather, who tenderly cultivates the tomato plant he stole on his voyages with Columbus, to Mari’s villainous stepfather, whose eye is trained on his stepdaughter’s virginity and his neighbor’s land.

Caught in the midst of these passions and machinations is a village full of eccentrics who speak in rhyme, celebrate the Feast of the Drunken Saint, and live a life untouched by the passage of time. The schemes and dreams of these men and women are about to change as what is forbidden becomes too delicious to resist. Tradition, religion, and good taste collide unforgettably in a story about the courage to pursue love and tomato sauce at all costs.

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