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Juliet's AnswerCould there be a better place to search for the true meaning of love than the birthplace of those most famous of lovers, Romeo and Juliet? In the Italian city of Verona, there’s a whole tourist industry based around Shakespeare’s famous tragedy and a society dedicated to replying to the letters addressed to Juliet, which arrive from all over the world.

Most of the letters are from women, though some are from men, bemoaning their romantic frustrations – an unfaithful lover, an unrequited love, a friend who doesn’t return their romantic feelings. It’s the latter situation that dogs Canadian teacher Glenn Dixon in this most enchanting of memoirs about love. Dixon recounts his platonic friendship with a woman called Claire who, quite frankly, sounds like she has led him up the garden path for almost two decades, but who he spends years quietly pining for, while she pursues a series of ill-fated relationships.

Glenn travels to Verona in search of some meaning in his life and there he works from a small office at the ‘Club di Giulietta’ – where thousands of letters arrive each year. The letters to Juliet first arrived in the 1930s and by the 1980s the steady flow inspired a baker, Giulio Tamassia, to found the Club to cope with profusion of missives. His daughter Giovanna has since taken over and today a handful of ‘secretaries of Juliet’ sort the letters into languages and share the replies.

Glenn Dixon becomes one of those secretaries, working with Giovanna and the small staff – some local women, others from other parts of Europe – to craft meaningful replies. In doing so, he searches his own heart for answers to his romantic woes and, travelling around Verona and to the famous house of Juliet (Casa di Giulietta) – visited by so many tourists the right breast of Juliet’s statue has been worn away – Glenn explores Shakespeare’s meaning when he wrote Romeo and Juliet. In his quest through this ancient city, he discovers how much the lovers’ real history is left in Verona and finds the evidence that the play was based on a real-life, ill-fated relationship.GlennDixonHeadshot 2 - credit David Whyte and Griffin pictures

In his narration, Glenn crosses back to his Canadian classroom where he teaches a mixed group of high school students the meaning of the same play, and he and the students act out each scene. Many of the students are troubled adolescents, including one who, like Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, faces the possibility of an arranged marriage. In studying the lines of Shakespeare, Glenn and each of the students search for answers to their own life problems.

Although Glenn Dixon is an inspirational English teacher and deeply passionate about Shakespeare, after more romantic troubles with Claire in Canada, he decides to give up teaching to travel to Verona once more. On this second trip, through returning to the Club di Giuletta and the revival of a friendship, Glenn finally does find the meaning of true love.

Part travel memoir, part love story, and a philosophical look at the nature of romantic love, Juliet’s Answer is compelling and uplifting. Like the best memoirs, it’s self deprecating, humble and absolutely honest. Glenn’s story is irresistible and for anyone interested in teaching or Shakespeare, or simple a moving story about finding love, this book is for you.

A writer, musician and documentary filmmaker, Glenn Dixon taught Shakespeare for twenty years before heartbreak led him to Verona to become one of the famous ‘secretaries’ who answer thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, from lovelorn people all over the world. He holds an MA in socio-linguistics.

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                    Publisher details

                    Juliet's Answer
                    Author
                    Glenn Dixon
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    01 March, 2017

                    Synopsis

                    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene ...When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. Determined to heal his heartbreak by helping others, he becomes the lone male in a dedicated team of secretaries who answer letters from thousands of lovelorn people around the world on behalf of ‘Juliet’.Although he has firsthand experience of heartbreak and has taught Shakespeare for decades, at first Glenn struggles with how he can advise others yearning to understand the mysteries of the heart. But as he learns from his fellow letter writers about life and love, he comes to realise he has a lot of learning to do about himself, about heartbreak – and about Shakespeare’s two fictional lovers. He also learns that the letters have the power to transform lives, his own included.An irresistible modern-day love story set against the backdrop of one of the most enduring love stories of all time, Juliet’s Answer will warm your heart long after the last page.About the AuthorAn author, musician, and documentary film maker, Glenn Dixon has traveled through more than seventy-five countries and written for National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. He holds an M.A. in socio-linguistics and his second book, Tripping the World Fantastic, was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell award. A high-school English teacher for twenty years, he has left that to become a full-time writer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMxlocdbsgghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqsP22ywiSU
                    Glenn Dixon
                    About the author

                    Glenn Dixon

                    An author, musician, and documentary film maker, Glenn Dixon has traveled through more than seventy-five countries and written for National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. He holds an M.A. in socio-linguistics and his second book, Tripping the World Fantastic, was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell award. A high-school English teacher for twenty years, he has left that to become a full-time writer.

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