Lisa Scottoline




What war destroys, only love can heal.



#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome…in the creeping shadow of fascism.

What war destroys, only love can heal.

Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta’s heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear–their families, their homes, and their connection to one another–is tested in ways they never could have imagined.

As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city’s Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.

Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war–all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.

Praise for Eternal

Debut Novel from Francesca Serritella

Lisa's daughter, Francesca Serritella, with whom she has written their funny memoirs every summer, had her first novel published on May 5, 2020. Lisa couldn’t be prouder of her! She thinks you’ll love it too. She hopes you order it today.


Ghosts of Harvard is written with a masterly, focused hand, belying the fact that this is Serritella’s debut novel. The pages burn with frenetic energy and are peopled by memorable, compelling characters. The tension is palpable, the twists and surprises perfectly timed and the stakes as high as humans should be asked to endure. The end result, a novel you will long remember and characters you will want to see again. A triumph in every respect.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci

“Wow, what a lively, compelling, and intoxicating debut. Ghosts of Harvard is so many things—a rumination on grief, a glimpse behind the ivory walls of a famous institution, a poignant look at mental illness, and a powerful story about the ghosts that haunt us all. Francesca Serritella is my new ‘go-to’ author.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

“Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Every year, Lisa and Francesca, her daughter and fellow author, host a two-day event for book clubs at Lisa’s farm in Pennsylvania.


Sneak Peek into Lisa’s Next Book Project

Eternal will be Lisa’s first historical novel, which will be set in Italy during the fascist reign of Mussolini.

I became an author because of Philip Roth, his seminar and his books, especially his survey of the harrowing first-person accounts of the Holocaust. Roth admired very much the books of Primo Levi, notably his Survival in Auschwitz, which haunted me for decades to follow. I knew that someday I would write about the Holocaust in Italy and have been researching and studying it since then.

Lisa Scottoline in Italy

Eternal is coming March 23, 2021!

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By Lisa Scottoline  Months of quarantine can lead to only one thing.
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By Lisa Scottoline

Months of quarantine can lead to only one thing.

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Lisa, I feel the same as you on your comment. So I dropped you a line, but a picture of me naked ...NEVER!!! I know it would scare you to never want to look at another picture of anyone ever again.

I enjoyed this week's column. My issue is binge-watching too many vet shows: I've watched Dr, Pol so much, I swear I could birth a calf myself. Only I would not strip down like he does (he goes topless in any kind of Michigan weather to reach inside a cow in labor).

We’re all changing things...prioritizing, Simplifying, relaxing and it’s for The better. No one’s coming in, no one’s Going out..why bother. Daytime pjs Nighttime pjs. Dishes and laundry Just to retain some Normalcy. Def a new normal.

I have been a proponent of house nudity for decades. Tee shirt & panties if family is around... My daughter, when she reached her Teen years & older, was always saying, "Mom, put some clothes ON!!!" Now I just have to remember to put something on before video chatting with her & the Grands. Now, the mask comes off as soon as I get to the car. The bra follows as soon as I shut the front door. And the clothes a close 3rd when I get to the bedroom! I have also changed my "House" nudity to "Home" nudity because my Fiance & I have a pool & we are comfortable or uncaring enough to swim nekkid in our pool in the DAYLIGHT! Thank God for a very tall privacy fence so we don't traumatize the next door A BIG Thank You for giving me something to ponder in your novels & always a great laugh in your weekly column.

Reading your hilarious essays on Sunday morning is a favorite part of my week

Can relate completely - But, I have to wear t-shirts & shorts, at least, no, don't go commando!! cats like to climb on me and they have very sharp claws...And need my A/C, sorry Lisa. But, I only have 1208 sq feet to cool off!!..all on one floor....

Pajamas at my house. Most of the time. I live in SC, so it’s shorts and tee shirts if I go out. I know for sure I will have a hard time putting on real clothes again! However, Fall and Winter will bring out the sweat clothes!

Always look forward to Sunday to read your speak about what we are all thinking and wanting to do and now probably actually doing because we can. Baggie gym shorts and T-Shirts work just fine right now. I thought it was just me be have found many of my friends are feeling liberated by the “no bra” times. Our “girls” thank us for this period of freedom. 😎

I just laughed through this whole thing because it's so, so true!!😂 Thank you so much for my Sunday laugh Lisa...clothes or no clothes!!😂

I work from home too, but my son also lives in the house so naked is out of the question. I love him too much to traumatize him lol. But its always been sweats/leggings and oversized t-shirts, definitely no bra!

Love your article! Also, loved The Ghosts of Harvard!!

Braless since 17 April 2020 and lovin' every minute of this FREEDOM. My cheap thrill is dashing down the stairs naked in the morning after removing my night shirt, searching the drying rack (don't use dryer/save $$) for a t-shirt and yoga shorts, my teleworking attire! Praying I've not had a lapse in memory, and left the doors unlocked or the blinds open! 👀 👀

I enjoy your essays every Sunday,they make my day! So funny! 😂

Thankyou Lisa for giving us a laugh. I look forward to it. 😅. Me, no makeup since March, I let my hair air dry, throw on a tee shirt and shorts and head to work in my office. I love it. I don't miss the office at all.

And then there are those of us who gave to go to the office every day, even though we could work from home 😢 So I’m wearing against policy jeans to work until someone tells me I can’t!

At least we don’t have to worry about chin hairs anymore because masks cover those just fine.

Be careful cooking naked - grease splatters hurt! I once ironed something in just my underwear and got a steam burn on my belly. But then again, if we aren’t going anywhere, why do we need unwrinkled clothes!

Lucky you. Me, I can't do the nude thing. I must have on some type of cotton clothing to absorb all the sweat. By the way, what is this bra thing you mentioned? I just can't imagine cooking without clothing. Am I the only person who spills, splashes things? Anyway, it was a fun read.

I, too, have been shedding my clothes (except when I’m expecting an Amazon delivery). I mean, why bother? It’s disgustingly humid outside and why wear something that will make me sweat more? I have less laundry to do now and I love the freedom of not having to dress.

Thanks for permission not to get dressed. I hope there are no emergencies that you have to leave your house quickly. Maybe leave some clothes by the door just in case you need them.

I still need my clothes, but glad nudity works for you. As long as you keep writing I don't care what you wear or don't wear.😘

You are the highlight of Sunday newspaper. Thanks for your humorous touch on current situation.

I'm still laughing! No, I'm not naked, but lately stay in my pjs most of the day. And bras?? Fuggetaboudit.

Lisa, I absolutely love you. I love the way you write, which is so interesting because it's so funny yet so true. I've read all of your books. I would love to see some of those hit the big screen. Do you think that will happen?

While not nude, I have a 12 yr old son, tee shirts, elastic waist shorts and NO BRA are definitely the path in this house!

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