Keys to The Fortress

Figuring out comp titles to help describe Danielle Trussoni‘s new memoir, The Fortress, was easy: It’s “A Year in Provence” meets “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Shining.”
fortressthe-hcThis is Danielle’s true story of falling in love with a talented, charismatic Bulgarian writer, their whirlwind marriage, having a beautiful baby in a terrifying hospital in Sofia, and finally, years later, as a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, moving to a 13th Century stone fortress in the small town of Aubais (pronounced ‘obey,’ as in ‘love, honor and aubais’) in the South of France. (You can see photos at Danielle’s Tumblr.)

The Fortress is the best kind of literary page-turner (especially when you get to “The Shining” part). Elle, Entertainment Weekly and People have it on their “must read” lists for September.


Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, says, “With vivid eloquence and wrenching honesty, The Fortress lays bare one of the great mysteries of modern life: the secret emotional world of a failing marriage.” And Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, says “The Fortress is a bold book about the most intimate things. Danielle Trussoni’s clear-eyed examination of how she loved and lost her husband is both a page-turner and a profound meditation on the nature of desire and freedom in the modern age.”

Danielle Trussoni by Beowulf Sheehan

Danielle Trussoni by Beowulf Sheehan

You can see a brilliant interview Danielle did with writer and actress Mary-Louise Parker on the Amazon Page, here.

Watch Danielle’s launch event, in conversation with writer/actress/singer Molly Ringwald, at The Strand Bookstore in NYC, here.

Read an excerpt and see a book trailer at The Rumpus, here.

And as always, if you are a book critic or if you blog about books, and would like a copy to consider for review, please let me know.