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Come vento cucito alla terra
Like Wind Sewn to the Soil
Ilaria Tuti – an author whose books have so far sold over 600,000 copies – returns to drawing from history in order to bring to light the experiences of the first British women surgeons during World War I, their fight for equality, as well as their dealings with the soldiers on the Western Front. The soldiers found in these women not only the healing of the body, but also rebirth through embroidery.
This book is about the meeting between the male world of war and the female world of healing.
Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the first British women surgeons, a handful of pioneers, often militant suffragettes, forced to operate only in the London slums, in charitable establishments for women and children because they were not allowed to practise on men or to pursue a career. At the start of the First World War, in order to create a space for themselves in the male world and build up medical experience, they decided to leave for the battle fields of the Western Front and set up a hospital managed entirely by them in France. But this is also the story of the soldiers who were wounded and left invalids, who entered that female world thinking they were being sent there because there was no more hope for them, but who found there an opportunity for healing and redemption – partly through embroidery.
Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the meeting between this apparently opposite worlds through two different points of view: that of Caterina – a surgeon, single mother of Italian origin – and that of Alexander, a British soldier – first a brave captain, then a patient made prisoner of his own body, but still a leader of men he must guide through a process of rebirth. And so he does, partly by picking up a sewing needle.
L'inverno dei Leoni
The Lions' Winter
THE BESTSELLING ITALIAN BOOK OF 2021
The second and concluding part of the saga, which reveals in full the myth of the Florios, making us relive an era, a world and a destiny that has no equal.
The Florios, the Lions of Sicily, have won. Gone are the days of the modest putìa in central Palermo, the sacks of spices, of Paolo and Ignazio, who went there to escape poverty, with determination as their only wealth. Now, they own buildings and factories, ships and tonnaras, silks and jewels. Now, the entire city looks up to them, honours them and fears them. And young Ignazio fears no one. The destiny of Casa Florio has been his destiny since birth, it runs through his veins and drives him beyond Sicily, to Rome and political intrigues, to Europe and its courts, to the naval dominion of the Mediterranean, to buying the entire Aegadian Islands archipelago. Ignazio has a dazzling empire but a heart of ice, because, for the glory of Casa Florio, he had to give up the love that would have capsized his destiny. A love whose shadow never leaves him, even to the very end…
His son, Ignazziddu, on the other hand, is afraid when, at just over the age of twenty, he inherits all his father has built. He’s afraid because he doesn’t want to be enslaved to a name, to sacrifice himself on the family altar. He does his best, however, facing a world that’s changing too fast, shaken by new, violent and uncontrollable powers. He does his best but realises that having Florio blood isn’t enough to stand out. He needs something more, something his grandfather and his father had but which he lacks. But where, how has he gone wrong?
The Florios win everything, then lose everything. And yet this is only a part of their extraordinary story. Because this father and son, so different, so remote, have at their sides two women who are also very different and yet both exceptional: Giovanna, Ignazio’s wife, hard and fragile like crystal, filled with passion but starved of love, and Franca, Ignazziddu’s wife, the most beautiful woman in Europe, whose gilded life is shattered by the blows of a cruel fate.
It is these two women who trace the true trajectory – exciting and dreadful, glorious and tragic – of a family who, for a long instant, lit up the world. It is they who will make us understand why, after so many years, the Florios live on, unique and unforgettable, as the heartbeat of an island and of a city.
L'inverno dei Leoni. Edizione speciale illustrata
The Florios of Sicily. Illustrated Special Edition
The best-selling book of 2021 returns, enriched with vivid illustrations, for an immersion into the atmosphere and customs of that era.
The book contains nearly 400 black-and-white pictures of various sizes, from full page to an eighth of a page. Some are authentic images – places, events, historical characters – but most of them are suggestively evocative, like those in 20th-century illustrated novels. This option respects the format of the novel and allows the reader who has already read the book to re-imagine the events.
Al di qua del fiume
This Side of the River
At the dawn of the 1800s, on the banks of the River Adda, the Crespi family achieved an ambitious feat: they founded Italy’s first worker village. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hopes, drama, mystery, revenge, and love come together to form a grand historical fresco that encompasses fifty years of Italian history.
River Adda, 1877. Cristoforo Crespi sees a small triangle of land bounded by the river as the future and the chance his family needs to make an indelible mark upon this world. Thus, the son of a simple tengitt, a dyer, builds an avant-garde cotton mill and a village to house its workers. Italy has never seen such a thing: the village has its own church, school, and comfy homes with gardens. Cristoforo bets everything he has on this dream. His money, his reputation, and even his relationship with his brother Benigno, who has succumbed to the temptations of the high life in Milan and by the prestige of owning a newspaper. For Cristoforo, what matters most is to create something concrete and to change the life of his workers for the better.
Young Emilia’s life changes the day she moves into the new village. The daughter of one of Crespi’s most loyal workers and a woman tormented by dark premonitions, Emilia witnesses, from this side of the river, the creation of a self-sustaining world. She experiences the small and large events of Italian history: the 1989 bread riots, the First World War, the labor insurrections. But as fate would have it, her path soon crosses that of Silvio Crespi, heir to the company and to his father’s vision. Despite the socio-economic chasm that separates them, they develop a special relationship that stands the test of life and time.
L'equilibrio delle lucciole
The Balance of Fireflies
A woman in search of herself in the small mountain village where she grew up. She returns to an archaic world, its traditions and its dark stories.
A novel that tastes of bygone times, an archaic language that strikes a deep chord and gives voice to a world that no longer exists.
After a love affair goes wrong, Adelaide decides to return to the village where she was born: a cluster of stone houses in the rugged, snow-capped mountains. Home, or meizoun in the language of this land on the French border. She leaves – runs away – to seek shelter in a place where time stands still, in small things, in the smell of the forests, of burning wood and the breath of animals. The only person waiting for her there is Nanà, a brisk ninety-year-old, and a closet full of boxes, dozens of small and large containers stored according to an unfathomable order, in which the old woman has crammed the recollections of many lives amid men, flowers, trees, water and time. Photographs, letters and objects that tell stories of wars, of sweethearts expected for forty years… a polyphonic testament. For Adelaide, diving into the memory of her people means finding an echo to her own story, redescovering the various forms of love, and uncovering a part of herself she had kept hidden even from herself. And it is also a good way to change her skin and recover – once and for all – from pain.
Il dolore crea l’inverno
Grief Creates the Winter
Elia Legaosv has inherited the family business: he is a snow sweaper in a town immersed in whiteness.
But, one day, the snow betrays him by yielding from its depths something that should have remained buried and forgotten. Elia consequently has to remember and start to question everything.
Elia Legaosv was born in a town surrounded by whiteness and has never left.
His job is to shovel snow and clear streets along which nobody walks until the snow reveals something from its depths. Something connected to Elia’s family and all that was supposed to remain buried. From that moment on, Elia’s mind becomes crowded with memories he had suppressed: memories of a father who died many years ago and a mother who left for ever.
This makes Elia believe what people say about his family: that the snow does not protect them but, on the contrary, puts them to the test to see if they are capable of forgetting, because everybody forgets. But the Legaosvs remember, always.
It is now Elia’s turn to remember, whatever the cost. Because grief creates the winter, only every winter is different from the one before and the one before that.
Il serpente e il faraone
The Serpent and the Pharaoh
A mystery to be solved, connected with the enigmatic, legendary child-Pharaoh Tutankhamun. What would happen if the very basis of the main monotheistic religions were to be rocked?
What if historical truth were to contradict sacred scriptures?
What secrets lie hidden behind the most important archeological discovery of all times?
Ancient Egypt, Dynasty XVII – Akhenaten, the pharaoh considered heretical for introducing the monotheistic cult of god Aten, is forced to flee. His young son Tut is proclaimed king: this unprepared but honest and brave child has no idea that he will become the most famous pharaoh of all times, and that his story will be shrouded in legend and mystery… As a matter of fact, Tutankhamun is no more that a puppet in the hands of Vizier Ay, his tutor, who is too cunning not to realise that sooner or later, the pharaoh will no longer need him. Ay’s ruthless yearning for power leads to a decision: Tutankhamun must be eliminated.
England, early 1900s – George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvo, is a globetrottong dandy with a passion for the occult, who travels to Egypt where he meets the archeologist Howard Carter, and together they undertake an archeological dig to snatch from the sands of time the mysteries of the pharaohs. When the team makes a sensational discovery, possibly the most important archeological find ever, a casket of papyrus vanishes into thin air before it can be added to the inventory. Carter believes that, besides gold and wealth, the discovered tomb also contained a different truth about the origin of the main religions. A truth so ancient that it could challenge the entire world order…
La regina senza corona
Queen Without a Crown
A novel about Margaret of Austria. A woman destined to conquer the hearts of kings and alter the destinies of entire nations.
1483 – Margaret is only three years old when her father, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, pledges her hand in marriage to Charles VIII, King of France, in order to put an end to the conflict between France and Flanders. Carefree, the duchess grows up in the spendid castle of Amboise until Charles stipulates a more advantagious marriage agreement, so Margaret is forced to return to Flanders, where she can finally devote herself body and soul to her great passion: art. However, the Holy Roman Emperor summons her back to her political duties and to a new marriage alliance that leads her to wear the Spanish crown. Far away from home once again, despite a brief period of happiness with her husband, the Prince of Asturias, Margaret is soon widowed. Returning home without a crown, Margaret gradually learns that a woman can be the author of her own fate and decides to become “queen” of the arts. Only the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire cannot accept that she should relinquish her destiny as queen… Set amid love affairs, palace intrigues and a great passion for art, this book is the portrayal of a brave woman who defied the rules of her era and showed everyone the qualities truly necessary to being a queen.
La casa del carrubo
The Carob Tree House
Set in a Sicily devastated by war, this is a polyphonic novel that slowly unfolds and reveals the love, intrigues, courage and hope of a family from whom history has snatched everything.
English sample available
Catania, 1943. When war comes knocking at your door, it never seems as bad as you expected. At least that’s what Vittorio Floridia thinks the day after a bombing destroys his house and any hope of returning to normality. In an attempt to save his family from the grip of fear and hunger, he agrees to move in with the pharmacist Luigi Villalba, his late best friend’s brother. And so in this large country house, standing in the shade of a large carob tree, we get to know the members of a family like so many others, and yet different from all of them. Luca, with black curls and an impudent manner, is getting ready to fight a war his father has long stopped approving of. Elena, sweet and compliant, already feels like a woman at sixteen, but is still a child in everyone else’s eyes. Little Michele, slight and silent, risks losing his life after being wounded in the bombing. Then there’s Agata, now Vittorio’s wife, but for ever the love of Luigi’s life and his great regret.
Il passo falso
The Wrong Step
Who is really the esteemed Professor Emilio Rastelli? What mysterious past is concealed in the mists of his senile dementia? A hidden truth surfaces from the man’s confused mind, which brings back one of so many forgotten stories from the time of the Resistance, told in a true historical framework and reconstructed with the help of period newspapers and documents.
Professor Emilio Rastelli is a retired paediatrician with a difficult, reserved personality, who’s never wanted to talk about his family. But now that senile dementia is beginning to impair his self-control, a much darker shadow begins to show itself from behind his bad temper. The professor seems tormented by a blurred recollection that frightens him very much, he mutters something about having done something very wrong, and alternates between moments of lucidity, agitation and delirium, which his wife and carer struggle to contain. There is a vague clue, however, because Professor Rastelli often runs away from home and every time is found roaming secretively along the east coast of Lake Como. His wife gets a bee in her bonnet about unveiling the mystery, and so discovers that Emilio Rastelli doesn’t exist: after the war he took on a false identity, exploiting the fact that many registry offices in northern Italy had been destroyed. But behind Emilio is there Giuseppe, a Jewish young man, the son of an English woman and an Italian man, or Antonio, a young blackshirt soiled with many crimes?
Le tre figlie
The Three Daughters
Three sisters are reunited for the weekend in the villa where they grew up. They have a single objective: to prevent their mother from divulging family secrets in her celebrity autobiography – secrets, which, if disclosed, could cast a new shadow over their lives.
The sumptuous gates of Villa Fiorita open once again to welcome Fresia, Viola and Iris. Three sisters, three young women who, for various reasons, have chosen to leave behind them the house in which they grew up and all it meant to them. But they must return here now, because their mother wants to write an autobiography that would include the entire family history, and not just the details of her career as an Academy Award-winning actress who, at the peak of her fame, decided to withdraw into a private life. Secrets would also end up in this book, which the three sisters don’t want revealed, because they have moved on with their lives, at last no one knows who they are, and they are no longer surrounded by reporters and photographers. And because whatever happened should remain buried. Truth is not always the best choice. Fresia, Viola and Iris therefore have just one weekend to change their mother’s mind. She is a woman who has never listened to them, always too wrapped up in herself. And yet this time the stakes are too high and they’re not three little girls anymore. They’re adults and their future depends on what will be written in this book. Only by being united can they reach their goal, but their sisterly bond can be a prison as well as a refuge. And sometimes a family is the place where every secret can be left as such for ever.
Fabbricante di lacrime
Maker of Tears
Wishing for a family. An impossible love.
Just one certainty: you cannot lie to the ‘maker of tears’.
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Within the walls of Grave, the orphanage in which Nica has grown up, stories and legends have always been told by candlelight. The most famous one is about the tear maker, a mysterious craftsman with eyes as clear as glass, guilty of having manufactured all the fears and anxieties that dwell in people’s hearts.
But, at the age of seventeen, the moment has come for Nica to leave all these dark childhood stories behind. Her greatest dream is about to come true. Mr and Mrs Milligan have begun the adoption procedures and are ready to give her the family she’s always wanted. However, Nica is not alone in the new house. Rigel, a restless, mysterious orphan, is also taken out of Grave, and he’s the last person Nica would wish for an adoptive brother. Rigel is intelligent, astute, plays the piano like a bewitching demon and is mesmerisingly handsome, but his angelic appearance conceals a dark temperament. Even though Nica and Rigel share a past filled with grief and deprivation, living together seems impossible; especially when the legend comes back to haunt their lives and the maker of tears suddenly grows increasingly real and draws nearer. Even so, gentle and brave, Nica is ready to do anything in order to protect her dream, because only by facing the nightmares that torment her will she finally be able to soar freely like the butterfly after which she was named.
Nel modo in cui cade la neve
The Way the Snow Falls
A heart white as snow.
A love that rages like a blizzard.
A precious secret to keep beyond death.
Ivy grew up among frozen lakes and uncontaminated forests, surrounded by the snow she loves. This is why, after she is orphaned and forced to move to California, all she can think of is what she’s left behind. Canada and its land are a deep loss. Its mountains contain the past to which the girl is so attached, and that, unbeknown to her, makes her the carrier of a dangerous secret.
The only family she has left is that of John, her kind godfather. It’s not long before she realises that John’s son, Mason, is no longer the toothless little boy whose picture she saw as a child. He is now grown up, with the sharp eyes of a wild animal and a face like a lair of shadows. And the first time he smiles at her, menacing, curving his perfect lips, Ivy realises that living with him will be harder than she expected. Indeed, Mason doesn’t want her there and does nothing to conceal it.
As Ivy tries to keep her head above the violent waves of her new life by the ocean, Canada and its mysteries never cease to torment her while she does everything it takes to enable her heart, white as snow, to blossom once more, overcoming the winter cold.
Carrie V. Leighton
“I pictured a love as delicate as the sound of a symphony, as light as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings. I was wrong. From the first moment he touched me, love has been the off-key tune of an electric guitar. The curse of a soul on a collision course.”
A new voice in the dark romance genre, that draws on the tradition of this genre in order to present strong themes that hinge on unavowable secrets and passions, and two complex, tormented characters.
Vanessa is a second-year college student who has an innate love of books and the rain, and has an enduring bond with her best friends. After her parents get divorced, she meets Travis, a young man she hopes will help her recover her long-lost peace of mind. For two years it seems that nothing can dent their tempestuous love affair – at least not until Vanessa comes across the conceited arrogance of Thomas: a self-confident, hostile young man who is both a victim and an aggressor with a tormented past and a dreadful secret that has doomed him to unhappiness. Thomas and Vanessa’s lives, so different and yet so alike, interlock, leading to a both passionate and painful relationship made up of yearning, rows, secrets and obstacles. And when everything seems to take a turn for the better, an unexpected presence upsets everything.
A. J. Foster
First title of a 4-books saga
A sizzlingly atmospheric dark romance that conceals an eerie side, with a strong, combative female protagonist, a plot that conjures up the feel of thrillers and horror stories: these are the ingredients of the most popular and widely sold self-published saga from 2021.
Aria Davidson, twenty-two, is an aspiring photographer with no prospects. Having run out of money, she has to work as a maid for the Harrisons, a prominent Miami family. For Aria, this represents a chance for independence and for finally making her dream come true: becoming a photographer. Her painful past, however, has filled her with anger and resentment, so she can lose her temper over a trifle – something that Aidan, one of the six brothers in the Harrison household, immediately notices. Aria and Aidan are two sides of the same coin: he is self-possessed while she acts on instinct; he is inscrutable while she wears her heart on her sleeve. In appearance, all they have in common is suffering. Amid arguments and provocations and despite their differences, they grow increasingly closer, allowing their feelings to surface. But Aria is not aware of the dangerous truths hanging over the Harrisons and by the time these secrets emerge it’s too late for her to leave.
Liberi come la neve
Free Like the Snow
A coming-of-age romantic novel about two young people, Nive and Hurst, with a painful past; they share fears, passions, traumas and dreams.
A love made up of hope, threatened by dark secrets that lead Nive to a junction: freedom or love?
Since her parents died, Nive has not had a place she can call home. When her aunt Josephine also dies, the only person who volunteers to become her guardian is a distant uncle Nive doesn’t even know and who lives on the other side of the world, in Canada.
Moongrove is a small, cold town with a harsh climate and unwelcoming residents. First among them is Hurst Paytah, the future chief of a Native American tribe, who doesn’t tolerate strangers who do not respect his beloved woods and traditions.
Nive can’t wait to turn eighteen so that she can finally be free to leave, to go far away from the surly, arrogant Hurst, who is doing a good job of making her stay a living hell. However, the two young people discover that they are too much alike to hate each other: they share a painful past and the wish to find someone who will soothe their pain. What initially looked like hatred turns into love. But there are too many dark secrets of which Nive is unaware and her past is much darker than she realises. Will she decide to run away, free at last, or stay among the snowy woods?
The Truth Untold. La verità nascosta
The Truth Untold
Once upon a time there was a divided city and an everlasting love. Will an untold truth lead to a happy ending?
A great New Adult romance with a touch of fantasy.
In a city torn apart by hatred, the Reds and the Whites live apart. Their worlds are divided by tall gates, at least until the day when the mayor decides to relocate the Red School pupils to the White Academy, so that the factions can mix and the tension – which has been raging for too long – can cool down. That’s how Isabella, the daughter of one of the city’s most influential families, meets for the first time Kinan, who represents the Reds. Kinan has flame-red hair, magnetic green eyes, and seems like an exemplary student. However, there is something odd about him and all the Reds. They have forced smiles, unnatural politeness and their every gesture appears to conceal shadow. Stubborn and brave, Isabella will be the first to unearth the terrifying secret behind appearances. A secret so dangerous, it can devastate lives. In a rollercoaster of fierce hatred and unfathomable attraction, their fates are doomed to become intertwined, as they are bound together by a truth that has waited all too long to be told.
Costanza Rizzacasa d'Orsogna
Storia di Milo, il gatto che andò al Polo Sud
The Story of Milo, the Cat Who Went to the South Pole
How do a disabled little cat, a young woman and a penguin manage to reach the South Pole by themselves? A fairy tale for all ages about friendship, courage and freedom.
Three years have passed since their lucky meeting and Milo and his mum have relocated to a little house by the sea. Although he’s never completely learnt to jump or walk straight, the increasingly self-confident little cat dares to take long walks to the beach, where one day he meets an emperor penguin chick, snatched away from the South Pole by unscrupulous smugglers. Feeling sorry for him, Milo decides to help. So he persuades his mum to embark on a long journey to save his new friend. From Rome to Buenos Aires, then down to Tierra del Fuego and finally Antarctica, Milo and the young woman discover a world that’s increasingly threatened by humans. A journey to the edge of our fears, during which Milo meets animals who are fierce only in appearance – among them a killer whale, a condor and a jaguar – who have a story to tell and much need of friendship. Our big-hearted little cat does not shy away and discovers that, if we truly believe it, nothing is impossible.
Quando le stelle vengono meno
When the Stars Fail
Redescovering happiness and the beauty of little things can come from someone you least expect, like a vagrant and his saxophone.
A story of redemption and hope that urges you to look at life without taking its splendour for granted.
Turin. At dawn, the daily routine of the residents of the elegant apartment block at 7, Via Armando Diaz, is disrupted by the deeply moving music of a saxophone. Or almost. The music doesn’t wake the attractive Gemma, who is used to sleepless nights and who has been worrying for hours, wondering where her husband Marcello is, as he hasn’t come home yet. Her neighbour Nevio also opens his eyes and looks sadly at the young man next to him. Egle, on the other hand, is already dressed for her morning run, the only way to banish the thought of her unrequited love. Only Tommaso, Gemma’s son, is still asleep after a night painting the town. And yet it is the notes of this saxophone that will change his life, because they are being played by a vagrant who lives in the street with his little dog. And behind the emaciated face and tangled hair there’s a man who found redemption through music, and who will teach an entire apartment block about the beauty of little things.
Ci sono mani che odorano di buono
Some Hands Smell of Goodness
Bina, an octogenarian left on her own, and Marta, a twenty-five-year-old from a district in the city’s outskirts, who puts her up, are the unforgettable protagonists of this debut novel about loneliness and frailty, that allows us to rediscover the joy of caring for someone.
One winter afternoon, eighty-three year-old Bina is left on her own. She is waiting for her grandson Fabio in the Cinghio park, in the outskirts of a respectable town. Marta, twenty-five, watches her through her window, sees her grow stiff on a broken bench, and decides to put her up that night and the one after that. And the one after that, too.
All the residents in the building gather around her: Gianna, the neighbour who talks to an imaginary sister, Ljuba, old Maria’s carer, and Benny, a security guard and Marta’s childhood friend.
A couple of streets further up, Fabio, Bina’s grandson, is in serious trouble. So he knocks on the door of Genny, the prostitute, a damaged, disillusioned creature of the Cinghio district, who picks up other people’s pieces without asking questions.
Bina and Fabio spend days living parallel lives, in limbo, in a harsh, unfamiliar place, waiting for something to happen.
And something will happen. It will shuffle the cards and deal new cards to the players in a haphazard, American-style game of poker, with an exceptional croupier: fate.