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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Lisa Scottoline
Go Figure
By Lisa Scottoline  Lisa Quarantine here. 
And I’ve taken up gambling.
Not with cards, sports, or anything normal.
Let me explain. 
Every vegetable gardener is a gambler, as in, deciding when to pick.  Click to read the rest: attachment

Go Figure
By Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Quarantine here.
And I’ve taken up gambling.
Not with cards, sports, or anything normal.
Let me explain.
Every vegetable gardener is a gambler, as in, deciding when to pick.

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I’m not sure I want to eat fig newtons after reading this. Thanks Lisa!😂 I’m not a gardener. People have told me I should plant a garden now that I have a backyard. I know nothing about gardening, but I know if need to protect the plants from the bunnies. I like watching the bunnies. This neighborhood also has hedgehogs and raccoons. I don’t know enough about gardening or wildlife to try to grow anything.

My husband loves figs. We don’t have a fig tree. We used to have a friend who gave him figs but that was years ago now he gets dried figs from his students

Love figs fresh or in preserves...I might have to go fix an English muffin and spread on some "store-bought" fig preserves...Nowhere as good as those my mother made, but a fairly tasty substitute...:)

Lisa - We love our figs. We have 4 trees. This year was great for them. We have the big green figs--original tree was brought from Italy years ago.

My grandparents had a fig tree in their backyard. Great memories of yesteryear! Nothing like fresh off the tree, after you rub on your sleeve, of course. 🤗

I always found the filling of fig newtons gritty. Glad I don't like them. Do you suppose the grittiness comes from those darn exoskeletons?

Got to tie a twist tie or bright colored yarn around those nearly ripe branches for easier identification. Later, cut them and birds and other creatures will gather them for bedding. Win-win.

I planted a fig tree in my yard about three years ago. I check for ripe figs every couple days and am happy if I find some. There are lots of little green ones and I suspect squirrels get most of the ripe ones. They are delicious but I'm glad to share.

This was really funny, Lisa!! I do not like figs unless they are in fig newtons but my mom loved them. My great aunt who lived in the South, had a fig tree. Every year she made fig preserves and sent some to my mom. None of us liked them so they were all for my mom and she loved that. I, on the other hand have always been a vegetable gardener until this year when I got pneumonia. I sit and watch the critters eat what I planted and the weeds take over and I hope that next year I will be able to garden again. That’s the thing about gardening.....there is always next year....

I went to college in Fresno, there were groves of old figs, planted by Armenian immigrants. To ripen the fruit, or perhaps just to protect figs while they ripened, small paper bags were tied around the individual fruit. It gave the trees a poor but festive air.

I used to have fig trees. I love figs. But, living in New York, it was more trouble than it was worth. Pruning them, and covering them, for the long winter. Then uncovering in spring. Spending hours, no, days, creating squirrel deterrents, to no avail. The squirrels loved them. I eventually stopped covering them, they became diseased and had to go.

I love your essays -- both of yours. My income is non-existent so I purchased two books of your essays that I found at Dollar Tree. One book for me and one for my mom. My husband isn't a reader so he may have reluctantly given me the 2.00.

Always liked figs, and wait impatiently for them to get ripe. Now that I’ve read the bug story....wish I could unread it.

I hear you. I am out twice a day with my current tomatoes. If I wait too long creatures eat them. Too early and the favor is not there. It is a pleasant task as the odor they produce is heavenly and I don’t want to think their could be bugs involved in the process. That is so disgusting. Yours do look delicious!

Our figs were wonderful this year. I gave a lot away. I have a fig loving Chinese Crested that eats every fig he can reach on the tree. Wilt is the ultimate fig whisperer.

Italian tradition to have fig trees and my grandmother would make fig jam for the filled Christmas cookies. Aren’t you supposed to wrap old sheets around the tree before winter? 😁😁😁👵🏻 One more thing to worry about! 😟

The problem with animals eating the fruit or veggies is, they usually get them just before they are ripe enough to pick.

go FIGure ... thanks for all the interesting fig facts. This week we went to Highland Orchards to pick apples. Do you want to $35 to ride out to the apple orchard and pick a bag of small apples 🍎. We declined. But the next day we learned that the apples in the store are over a year old and have sitting in storage because apples can last a very long time.

Thanks for the info. I have a fig tree and I thought I also had a stray cat in my back yard because it smells like cat pee!!!

Very enlightening........I never thought about figs, except in a “newton”. 😂

Beautiful 'crop'. Nothing is more delicious than a perfectly ripe fig just slightly cold. With proseco, of course.

And that is why I don't eat figs, first one I bit into at my future inlaws house had a worm in it lol. But Sebastian and Katie LOVE figs, send some our way 😉

My dogs love to eat the figs that have fallen to the ground. And guess what? The figs makes their poop fluorescent green!! It took me a while to figure out where this odd colored poop came from....

I love figs. Our trees did not survive two winters ago so now I buy them whenever I see them. Love your column - makes me smile.

“Fig blackjack”, lol! I just bought some fresh figs yesterday because I never had one. Came home and ate one right away. Now this bug information... I’m feeling a bit unsettled... Just saying... 😆

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