White Palazzo

A novel by Ellen Cooney

September 1, 2002 • 5.5 x 8.5 • 200 pages • 978-1-56689-134-9

Sometimes you don’t come out, you just fall in love.

Days before her wedding, Tara Barlow ditches her fiance and her hometown to head west in her prize Mustang after she discovers that her dream wedding venue—the White Cliffs—has burned down.

Tara’s alarmed family sends the town psychic, Guida, to find her. When she tracks Tara to a town full of Fellini-esque characters, the two find themselves surprised but requited in their mutual attraction. They immediately hit the road, attempting to live out the happy ending Thelma and Louise only dreamed about.

About the Author

Ellen Cooney was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and attended Worcester State College and Clark University. She is the author of seven novels, including White Palazzo and The Old Ballerina. Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Literary Review, Glimmer Train, and Fiction. Her work has also been listed several times in Best American Short Stories. She has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years, and now lives in mid-coast Maine.


“Can they find true love and happiness? Many will want to find out from a novel this fresh and engaging.” Booklist

“Ellen Cooney has written a hilarious book about two women falling in love.” NewPages

“Subtle and hilarious, without being cynical or cruel. Thelma & Louise and an inversion of The Graduate.” The Rake

“The affair between Guida and Tara is sweetly rendered and their dizzy interior lives possess a whimsical charm.” Publishers Weekly