A village in Tuscany is the setting for this joyous debutâ€”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 Shakespeareâ€™s comedies, Tomato Rhapsody is the almost-true tale of how the tomato came to Italyâ€”at once a brilliantly inventive fable of love, lust, and longing, and a dazzling feast for the imagination.This is a story born from loveâ€”a forbidden loveâ€”between Davido, an Ebreo tomato farmer, and Mari, a beautiful Catholic girl.â€¦But itâ€™s not only Davido and Mari who have secrets of the heart. Everyone around them yearns for somethingâ€”from Davidoâ€™s grandfather, who tenderly cultivates the tomato plant he stole on his voyages with Columbus, to Mariâ€™s villainous stepfather, whose eye is trained on his stepdaughterâ€™s virginity and his neighborâ€™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.