Justine van der Leun “Marcus of Umbria”

June 8th, 2011

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A neglected dog changes a young woman’s life, and her definition of what makes a good relationship, in a book that readers compare to “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Marley & Me,” and even “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”

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Onetime New York editor Justine van der Leun‘s story begins with a trip to Italy for romance. A relationship with a man becomes a relationship with his family, and then a relationship — of an unexpectedly rewarding nature — with a dark-headed English pointer. She names the dog Marcus. But the story takes another unexpected turn when van der Leun decides to return to America — with Marcus. Her book is called “Marcus of Umbria,”

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