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    Francesca Giannone

    La portalettere

    The Letter Carrier

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    Anna Allavena, Letter Carrier: the extraordinary story of an ordinary woman who moves from Northern Italy to the South and becomes the first postwoman in a village in the Salento region.

    A riveting story about female courage and emancipation, as well as about two inseparable brothers destined to love the same woman.

    Salento, June 1934. A coach stops in the main square of Lizzanello, a village with only a few souls. A couple get off: the man, Carlo, a child of the South, is happy to be back home; the woman, Anna – his wife – is from the North. She is as beautiful as a Greek statue, but sad and worried: what kind of life awaits her in this unfamiliar land?

    In the eyes of the villagers, Anna never ceases to be “the foreigner” who doesn’t attend church, doesn’t wander around the village and doesn’t gossip. Proud and prickly, Anna never yields to the customs of Southern women: not only does she take the postal services public exam, but actually passes it and becomes the first postwoman in the village, or rather the first “letter carrier”, as she wants to be called.

    For over twenty years, Anna is the invisible thread that brings the village residents and their stories together. First on foot, then by bicycle, proud in her navy blue cap and uniform, Anna delivers letters from the young men at the front, postcards from emigrants and missives from secret lovers. Without meaning to – and above all without the villagers wanting it – the letter carrier changes many things in Lizzanello.

    Francesca Giannone

    Domani, domani

    Tomorrow, Tomorrow

    Following the huge success of her La portalettere, the best-selling novel of 2023, Francesca Giannone returns to Salento with a sensitive, eventful novel about family bonds and conflicts.

    Lorenzo and Agnese, a brother and sister, are united by their love for the family soap factory, divided by destiny and by a decision that ends up separating them and marking their tomorrows and the rest of their lives.

    Salento, late 1950s. Lorenzo and Agnese have lost everything. Their father has sold the family’s soap factory, a legacy he experienced as a millstone, but which, for the siblings,  represented a reason for living. Now, to remain there as ordinary workers for a new, arrogant owner is a dreadful perspective. On an impulse, Lorenzo decides to leave, intending to find the money to take back what belongs to him. Agnese, on the other hand, decides to stay, unwilling to abandon her home of talc and soap. This leads to a serious and apparently fatal division between the siblings, taking them in opposite and unforeseen directions.

    Ilaria Tuti

    Come vento cucito alla terra

    Like Wind Sewn to the Soil

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    Ilaria Tuti – an author whose books have so far sold over 900,000 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.

    Alessandra Selmi

    Al di qua del fiume

    This Side of the River

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    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.

    Stefania Auci

    L'inverno dei Leoni

    The Lions' Winter

    TV series cooming soon on Disney+!


    Full English translation available

    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.

    Chiara Bianchi

    Il canto della fortuna

    The Song of Fortune. The Rizzoli Saga

    Here comes the first of the two-volume saga about the Rizzolis: a family parable of social reversal that spans the 20th century.

    Angelo Rizzoli is an entrepreneur, printer, publisher, film producer and the “inventor” of tourism on the island of Ischia – a visionary who starts from nothing and, in just a few decades, builds an empire, vanquishing prejudice and deceit, thanks to his flair for business and people.

    Milan, late 1800s. Angelo Rizzoli lives in grinding poverty with his mother and two sisters. He is a docile but very ambitious young boy who wants to escape misery. However, he cannot bear rich people and doesn’t like to have masters, so when, by chance, he meets a printing machine salesman, he starts his first printing shop, “A. Rizzoli & Co.”. In the 1920s between Socialism and Fascism, he becomes a publisher and prints the first periodicals. These are followed by books and, finally, cinema. Angelo frequents actors, directors and producers, and starts his own production company, Cineriz. In the 1960s, Angelo’s empire sweeps the Americas with the production of Fellini’s 8 1/2 and the opening of the Rizzoli bookshop in New York. His flair for people leads him to his most ambitious project: a new information daily with nationwide circulation, readable by all. However, he dies before achieving this dream, and with the certainty that the decisions of his family members will squander his empire amid intrigues and lies.

    Laura Lanza

    Donna Francesca Savasta, intesa Ciccina

    Donna Francesca Savasta, a.k.a. Ciccina

    In this novel, set in 19th century Sicily, Ciccina is the original, irreverent and very modern protagonist of a story about adultery, brigands, and more or less licit love affairs that have been silenced.

    Donna Francesca Savasta, nicknamed Ciccina, is a young working-class woman who is simple, possibly uneducated but definitely revolutionary in her boundless wisdom and pragmatism. She is a midwife in a remote mountain village and devotes herself to helping as best as she can the lives of poor, inexperienced young mothers and abandoned children. She does this according to a strict moral law – her own – among brigands who aren’t so very bad, parish priests who aren’t all that faithful to their vow of chastity, local vendettas, murders and disappearances.

    Sonia Milan

    La primogenita

    The First-Born

    A family saga about the love, rebellion, and resilience of mothers and daughters whose lives intersect with those of real-life women who altered the history of Italy.

    Women united by flower names, a pendant passed on through generations, and the dream of emancipation and self-fulfillment.

    Rome, 1821. At the first light of dawn, young Gelsomina, cast out by her family because she is unmarried, dies giving birth to a girl. Her final wishes are that her daughter should have a charm that belonged to her father and the name of a flower. The medallion is passed on from mother to daughter, as is the tradition of the flower name. From Gelsomina’s daughter Ortensia, the Red Cross nurse in the entourage of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioso, to Erica, one of history’s first women doctors to specialise in paediatrics. To Iris, who discovers the family history and the origin of the famous charm Gelsomina was given by a painter who was in love with her, and how his love token became an admonishment to all her descendants: to bloom against all adversity. To fight for your dreams and not wait for a man to make them come true.

    Serena McLeen

    Il peso della vergogna

    The Weight of Shame

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    A family saga that weaves together the lives of two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, through unspeakable secrets and secret loves.

    Turin. Annabella Bramante is left on her own after her parents die in an accident a few months ago and, as though that were not enough, fate has just snatched away her beloved grandmother. As she struggles to piece things back together, she discovers a mysterious bequest: a derelict villa in the Veneto, of which she never even suspected the existence, and a diary belonging to her grandmother. Annabella realises that the dark secret of the Bramantes is buried in this villa, and it will force her to question all she thought she knew about her family. With the help of a young man with alluring hazel eyes, Annabella sheds light on her grandmother’s eventful youth, when the violent acts of a despotic, Fascist father mingle with the caresses of an impossible love, until the disclosure that will bind the two women’s fates for ever…

    Gerardo Innarella

    Per amore di un'ombra

    For the Love of a Shadow

    When his mother goes missing, young Flaps decides to look for her and goes out into the world. Following the traces she left around the city of Naples, like a true puzzle, he discovers friendship with the teenager Marlo, love for the unreachable Dora, and, above all, the disturbing reason for his mother’s disappearance.

    It is not the first time that Lory has vanished for a while. On these occasions, she has always left her seven-year-old son Flaps a few maps and clues which, when cracked, would reunite them. This time, however, something is different: the map is hidden in a locked drawer, Lory has been missing for at least three months and his father has no intention of looking for her. Flaps must resort to all his courage and investigative skills to solve a mystery that soon takes on the semblance of a great adventure, studded with encounters with a range of bizarre characters: Marlo, the Motherless, a teenager who helps Flaps escape from an attack by bullies, the oracle-gangster who only speaks in metaphors about the footballer Maradona, an aunt he has never seen and who has the name of a witch, and the mysterious Mr G.

    Valeria Tron

    Pietra dolce

    Sweet Stone

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    In the old-fashioned little world of Val Germanasca, in Piedmont, Lisse, Lumière, Frillo and Tedesc are four miner friends who have nothing except the courage to live despite their poverty. That is until a young woman with a guitar arrives from Argentina and turns their lives upside down.

    Val Germanasca. Lisse had five mothers, but he doesn’t exist as far as the Registry of Births is concerned because the woman who gave birth to him abandoned him in a field soon after he was born, on the summer solstice 1940. Ever since he was struck by lightning, Lumière has had premonitions no one believes, even though they’re charming to listen to. Like the other two, Frillo is a miner. He spends his days at the heart of the mountain and when he emerges he carves small statues from the same stone he quarries: talc. Tedesc, on the other hand, is a luthier and, after spending a few years abroad, has returned to his village to make his dream come true and create the perfect hurdy-gurdy. They fuel their incomplete lives with stories, in particular those they read in the books Lisse brings them. One day, these stories take on the voice of Alma, a young woman who arrives from South America like a mirage of freedom, and her guitar.

    Helena Janeczek

    Il tempo degli imprevisti

    The Time of Unforeseen Events

    Helena Janeczek, winner of the 2018 Strega Prize, revisits the 20th century from the beginning, reliving – from within every character – the yet unfinished past in an attempt to grasp their unresolved heritage.

    A polyphonic tale of normal, yet extraordinary characters, of true, peripheral or semi-known stories that prove how the time of unforseen events is also a time of possibilities worth investigating

    The Zanetta sisters arrive in a Milan buzzing with the 1906 world fair and subscribe to Socialist dreams, although the youngest is arrested for defeatism in the years immediately after Caporetto. In 1920 Trentino-Alto Adige the air is good for those with health conditions and Doctor K. thinks he is at the heart of a spying intrigue arising from the correspondence with his translator Milena Jesenská. In Venice, the daughter of the great American poet Ezra Pound wanders across the city unaware that she is being spied on by a boy with whom she shared her childhood. Finally, the young Albert O. Hirschman joins his sister and brother-in-law in Trieste, a city fuelled by the hedonistic, commercial spirit of its proudly Italian middle classes, those same middle classes that will shortly see their world struck by racial laws, like the most unthinkable and dreadful of unforeseen events.

    Emanuele Trevi

    La casa del mago

    The Magician's House

    A new novel by the winner of the Premio Strega 2021.

    A true story that becomes a novel and focuses on the most demanding of family bonds: the one between a father and a son. Like in the best game of mirrors with the author as the protagonist, the search for his father becomes a search for himself and all the lives he left behind.

    Emanuele’s father is a Jungian psychologist, a magician capable of healing wounded souls. As a child, Emanuele soon learns that in order to survive in his father’s orbit it’s best for him to be a peripheral figure. After all, his mother keeps saying “You know what he’s like” whenever she talks about his father. But Emanuele doesn’t really know and, after his father dies, very little is left of him except an apartment no one wants, where the invisible mists of the lives and sorrows he had healed, oiled and straightened still linger.

    So Emanuele decides to buy this flat and to live permanently in that atmosphere still hovering after his father’s life was cut short, because – first as a son, then as a writer – he wants to reconstruct the identity of a man who never left anything of himself in writing.

    Matteo Porru

    Il dolore crea l’inverno

    Grief Creates the Winter

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    Elia Legasov has inherited the family business: he is a snow sweeper 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 Legasov 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 Legasovs 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.

    Ludovica Della Bosca

    Basta un pezzo di mare

    It Only Takes a Sliver of Sea

    Twenty-six-year-olds Agata and Sara, inseparable friends while at university, bump into each other by chance after completely losing touch, and embark on a strange journey to set a lobster free into the sea and rekindle a friendship that has never been forgotten.

    A coming-of-age novel that involves delicate, visceral relationships between mothers and daughters, detachment, acceptance, friendship and unconditional love.

    Agata and Sara are two young women with two incomplete personalities. Agata lost her mother few years ago; she seemed to have overcome her trauma and was a star pupil at school but hit the buffers at university and ended up working as a sales assistant. Sara, her fellow student at university and inseparable friend, revealed her homosexuality to her family, who did not accept her, so she decided to cut all bonds and spend her life travelling abroad. They happen to meet during Sara’s brief return home, as Agata has just decided to set free into the sea a lobster bought in a supermarket. A paradoxical situation, which gives both women a chance to turn their lives around and rekindle a friendship that ended ubruptly.

    Fausto Gimondi

    Fortuna criminale

    Criminal Fortune

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    An unquenchable thirst for redemption in an untold true story of the most spectacular scam perpetrated against the Italian state. Through accurate documentation and, above all, thanks to the first-hand testimony of one of the protagonists of the affair, Fausto Gimondi reconstructs and recounts the surprising and exciting story of the great lotto scam of the late 1990s.

    A crime story without brutality, without victims, without bloodshed. A crime, certainly, but also the great revenge against the system enacted by those who are often victims of the system.

    In the sprawling northern outskirts of Milan, dreams carry the intoxicating aroma of wealth. The Lotto draw, the Italian regional lottery, it’s a Saturday night ritual, a date with destiny. With modest expectations for the future, Mario’s life has trundled along, seemingly unremarkable. But all of this is about to change dramatically when fate conspires to entwine his path with a motley crew of misfits. This eccentric gang has unearthed the Holy Grail—a way to manipulate the Milan Lotto wheel draws. For three incredible years, their scam  rains down thousands of winnings, quietly funneled through a network of betting shops. Hundreds of millions of dollars were thought to have been siphoned off by the organisers of the scam, who bribed the blindfolded children to do their bidding in selecting balls which had been tampered with, rather than picking out balls at random. Mario ascends to the ranks of billionaires and amasses a colossal fortune. But as the dream unfolds in all its glorious splendor, the threads of their intricate web begin to unravel because everyone wants its slice of the pie. In this riveting true story, the siren song of redemption beckons with every twist and turn, but at what harrowing cost?

    Valentina Ferraro

    After Midnight

    After Midnight. Frozen Midnight

    A slow-burning college romance with hockey, forced proximity and hate turning into love.

    Nothing good happens after midnight: a fact well known to the Black Bears hockey team, disqualified from the championship after a rather boisterous party that concluded at the police station.

    The person responsible for their disqualification is Jordan Alexander, an uncompromising journalist who reported the event and now has to live alongside the Black Bears: she must therefore reach a compromise with love and choose between the two players, Nate and Chase.

    Jordan and Nate are old friends in their third year at college. Jordan writes for the university’s online magazine, while Nate is captain of the hockey team. They have feelings towards each other, but their relationship is complicated by the impending wedding of their siblings and by a sensationalist article about a party that ended up at the police station, which Jordan was compelled to write, and which has led to Nate’s team, the Black Bears, being disqualified from the championship final.

    However, when Jordan is expelled from her sorority for writing an article against sororities, Nate offers to put her up. Living with his roommates proves challenging, but despite initial conflicts, Jordan is increasingly attracted to and involved with Chase, one of Nate’s team members, and must soon face her feelings, torn between Nate and Chase.

    Alessia D'Ambrosio

    You vs Me = Us

    You vs Me = US

    An engaging sports romance and enemies-to-lovers story with the dual POV of Kassy, who is determined to become an ice-skating champion and avoid any distraction from Jacob, the promising English rugby player who broke her heart and who will stop at nothing to have his soulmate back.

    Kassandra Wilson is through with love and especially with Jacob. Her life is now practically perfect: she has a boyfriend who loves and respects her, good grades and she is training to make her dream of becoming a skating champion come true…

    But Kassy doesn’t know that Jacob is about to join the Saracens, the rugby team whose trainer is her father, Scott Wilson. For Jacob, this is a dream come true because he will finally have the opportunity to make up for the mistake he made five years earlier: to break up with Kassy. But, for Kassy, Jacob’s return is a nightmare.

    Still, despite misunderstandings and quarrels, Kassy and Jacob are a match thanks to a formula that always yields the same result: You vs Me = US.

    Erin Doom

    Fabbricante di lacrime

    The Tearsmith aka Maker of Tears

    Netflix: ‘The Tearsmith’ is the number 1 movie worldwide only three days after its release!


    From this book, a Netflix movie coming on April, 4th!

    Full English Translation Available

    Wishing for a family. An impossible love.

    Just one certainty: you cannot lie to the ‘maker of tears’.

    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.

    Erin Doom

    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.

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