Recent Yale philosophy grad and late-bloomer, Alice, wants to find a way to be close to her boyfriend in Paris, with enough space to sow a few oats. Rome fits, so off she goes. Her goals? To have some fun, find a muse, make art, start a life. Instead, she finds herself a muse to a series of men – a pushy TV-host dwarf, lonely banker, alcoholic playboy, bondage-obsessed prince, and the disillusioned Oscar-winning film director, Frank Colucci.

The middle-aged Frank is in Rome to film the last of his famed movie series. He isn’t enjoying the job, and longs to get back to art films. He’s agreed to do the film because he ‘knows the formula and needs money’. Alice, still wandering Rome as lost and confused as the day she arrived the previous year, tumbles into Frank’s life, and he hires her as his philosophy tutor.

Although at opposite poles of life with little in common – the bright but broke Alice is just getting started and has few prospects, and the married-with-kids Oscar-winner Frank bored and disillusioned – the two form an instant bond that’s challenged by an over-budget movie, financial stress, grief, unrequited ambition, and competing desires.

Will this be the usual spiral between an older, powerful man using his position to seduce a confused and lost young woman, or something less ugly? And, will Alice ever find her way?

Meet the Author

Marilee Albert

Born and raised in LA, Marilee studied philosophy at Yale before moving to Europe to work in the film business. These days, between TV and movie scripts, Marilee is a busy mother to two teen boys and spirited Boston Terrier, and has recently started a nonprofit, OneVillageGreen, which promotes mental health and wellness in American kids and communities.

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August, 2019

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