Mary Trump – former President Donald Trump’s estranged niece – and E. Jean Carroll – a woman who won a sexual abuse lawsuit against the current presidential candidate – have joined forces to write a romance novel.
“The Italian Lesson” will be released on Substack with two installments weekly according to the Backstory Serial page. Its first installment came out May 30 and its second came out June 2. By the end of the year, the full book should be published.
“It’s about an American expat with a secret past who falls in love with an Italian vineyard owner named Matteo, and it’s written primarily by Trump (who has a background in fiction writing), with Carroll (who has long doled out romantic advice in her column) and Jennifer Taub, a legal scholar and law professor who typically writes on white collar crime and is acting as editor,” said Jessica Bennett in her Wait, Really? Substack.
According to Backstory Serial, the idea for “The Italian Lesson” first started as the women discussed a movie idea. It takes place in Tuscany in the fictional village of Calabresi. There’s also a section of the Substack dedicated to Calabresi-inspired recipes, though none have been posted yet, and another section on knitting.
“In addition to the story – and the accompanying audiobook – all subscribers will have commenting privileges during the three-week launch period and the person who will be responding to your comments is the one-and-only, the inimitable, the extraordinary E. Jean Carroll,” said the authors.
To read the whole book, readers will have to get a paid subscription to the Substack. Once the book is complete, Trump and Carroll might collaborate on a new book project.
“Backstory Serial is a politics-free zone. What we’re doing here is entirely outside of the scope of what we all do for our (many) day jobs,” said the site. “That’s one of the reasons the idea for this project persisted for so long. And it’s one of the many reasons we finally made it happen.”
Audacy reported earlier this year that sales of romance novels were skyrocketing.