Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

"This Most Amazing" Weaves Together Milwaukee, Italian Intrigue

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Jenny Benjamin about "This Most Amazing."

Milwaukee writer Jenny Benjamin’s new novel spans hundreds of years and thousands of miles. 

This Most Amazing is set in modern-day Milwaukee, but also in Italy just before the turn of the 19th Century.

Author Jenny Benjamin

The novel is told in parallel tracks - one featuring Dahlia, a current-day poet from Milwaukee; the other an 18th Century Italian peasant named Vincenzo.

Since Benjamin is a poet from Milwaukee, you might imagine she'd have an easier time crafting that character. But she said she felt at times more connected to Vincenzo.

"Anyone, I think, who writes - that's part of the process. That you do whatever you can to really get in the shoes of someone that you're writing about. Whenever I did research or whenever I was imagining him in situations, I became him." - Jenny Benjamin

The novel, published by Armida Books, is just out.

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