by Elisa Albert

Freud Family Fiction

A teenage heroine who longs to bond with her father

Esther Freud’s novel Love Falls (Ecco, $13.95) takes place during the summer of 1981, against the backdrop of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding, as 17-year-old Lara travels to Italy to spend time with her mysterious father. It’s the latter narrative on which the novel focuses, even as it relies on the former for period detail and a good deal of charm.

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