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  • “A bewitching, but entirely unsentimental portrait of one woman’s attempt to keep her family safe in turbulent times.” —Antonia Senior, The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH

    “A doll on the railroad tracks; a madwoman in the wild; silkworms in the attic. Recipes for rolling tender gnocchi, using sardines to make polenta last, torturing enemies with oil or salt—they’re all part of life in this winning novel about tradition, hardship, and resolve.” —Publishers Weekly, USA

    “Laced with the feel of Italy, its food, traditions and scenic splendour, this is a very fine novel indeed. Stylish and beautifully archaic in its writing, it has a hypnotic quality, difficult to draw yourself away from. Highly recommended.” —Susie Steiner, LoveReading Book of the Month

    “Reminiscent of Alberto Moravia’s ‘Two Women’, Valmorbida’s powerful epic is a solid choice for readers who appreciate layered family saga involving betrayals and broken hearts.”
    —Library Journal, USA
    © 2018 Elise Valmorbida