Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces
“Gripping…. Clark’s stories of the flood are the stuff of thrilling documentaries.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A meditation on art, religion, the power of nature to destroy man’s legacy on this Earth and the against-all-odds determination of people—young and old, working class and cultured, rich and poor-to save it.” —The Seattle Times

“Lovers of Florence/Firenze will fall into Dark Water headfirst…. A formidable accomplishment.” —Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

“A miraculous book, a passionate inquiry into the spirit that sustains the beauty of art and its more vexing sibling, religion. Dark Water is a mystery story and a memoir, set in a city of incomparable riches and dark fascinations. Clark’s masterwork of quest literature deftly combines investigative journalism, meticulous history, and, best of all, a cast of indelible characters whose lives move through Florence and its floods with novelistic power and suspense.”
— Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist’s Daughter “[A] vivid canvas of a city submerged.” –Men’s Vogue

“With the skill of an investigative reporter who can write beautifully, Clark not only describes the disastrous flood but also gives a history of Florence and the story of the people from all over the world who came to help save the city and its art.” –ARTnews

“History and art criticism, with a dash of memoir…. Evocative.” –BookPage

“A wonderfully intimate evocation both of the geniuses that created Florence’s masterpieces and the teams of art experts and ‘mud angels’ who rescued them. Anyone visiting Florence after reading Dark Water will find the city all the more precious and miraculous.” –Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome

“Enthralling.” –The Economist

“Dark Water is not simply the best book yet about the flood that devastated Florence in November, 1966; it’s a new kind of art history–one that reflects on the transformation of a real Italian city (Firenze) into an imaginary city that’s become almost a museum of itself (Florence).” –Robert Hellenga, author of The Sixteen Pleasures