Palazzo del Giglio is a powerful, authentic, and emotionally engaging journey into the human spirit. More than a simple Venetian adventure story, the book, startling in its poignancy and brilliantly written, makes one a voyeur at once trespassing and yet invited to share intimate details drawn from a deeply raw place in the author’s life. Oremland takes us on a journey we all travel sooner or later. Palazzo del Giglio is a compelling, riveting piece of literature.
—Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi
Villa Ludovisi, Rome
Jerome Oremland invites us to witness a wonderfully intimate story that resonates with all lovers of art, humankind, and romance. Set amidst the mystical allure of Venice, Palazzo del Giglio as it encompasses defiance, love, death, and resurrection becomes an inspiring and profoundly uplifting story of an older man, young in heart and soul. I found myself wishing I would be the next woman who meets Jerry in Venice. Gorgeously written, the book is heartfelt literature—delicate, delicious, and deeply generous.
Executive Artistic Director, Z Space and Encore Theatre, San Francisco
Palazzo del Giglio is a loving trip to Italy without jet-lag; a beautiful stroll around Venice without tired feet; a brimming bowlful of risotto without the calories as a gondola silently slips by; an afternoon’s visit to the Biennale without crowds; and all the while falling in love to heal a broken heart.
San Francisco Chronicle
The book follows an older professor whose wife has recently died. In Venice he meets a young Irish film star who is in an on-and-off-again relationship with a married man. She is staying in the apartment of her friend, which is for sale. As they explore Venice, their intimacy intensifies. In starkly personal interchanges, she and he come to new understandings about endings and beginning. When she suddenly leaves, he decides to buy the apartment.
Fifteen years later, the professor has begun to wonder about the wisdom of keeping the apartment in Venice. On his annual visit, he chances to meet a beautiful woman who is traveling with her teenage son. She has learned her husband has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. As he shows them Venice, an intense closeness develops that he knows must end. In their discussions, the professor comes fully to understand that owning the apartment and Venice are for him a powerful metaphor for life, its struggle against decay, and its striving for new beginnings.