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True biz

 

A transporting novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War.

 

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, cochlear implants and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

 

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The Daughters of the Cloth Villa

The Daughters of the Cloth Villa

A romantic historical saga about the textile empire of the Meltzer family, which captivated millions of readers.

A powerful family.
Dramatic twists.
A mansion that hides more than one secret.

 
Augsburg, 1916. Forced by the twists and turns of historical events, the rich industrialists Meltzer make the difficult decision to turn their family estate into an infirmary. Meanwhile, Paul Meltzer's young wife, Marie, is faced with a huge responsibility – she must save the Cloth Vila and help her husband's sisters overcome the trials of the dramatic period. An orphan up until recently, Marie is not afraid of challenges, but her hope to embrace her beloved again is subject to the constant blows of fate. And one day, the elegant lieutenant Ernst von Klipstein appears at the door of the mansion, determined not to lose sight of the beautiful young woman who holds the future of the Meltzer family in her capable hands

Flowers over the inferno

Flowers over the inferno

An intriguing start to an exciting crime series that takes us to the Italian Alps.

 

Austria, 1978

A young woman steps into the School, a mysterious place nestled among the Alpine ridges that hide its dark secrets. There she will face her conscience and her decisions will affect the future generations in unsuspected ways...

 

Italy, today

The outskirts of an idyllic village in the Alps on the border between Italy and Austria turns becomes the scene of a brutal murder. Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is tasked with the investigation, along with a young inspector she's still not sure she can trust.

For nearly four decades, Battaglia has struggled to gain respect in the Italian police force while battling her own demons. Her weapon is not the gun and the uniform, but her mind and instincts. Now she's facing a killer who seems drawn to a group of local kids. What dangers lie in wait for them in these majestic yet haunted mountains? Will Superintendent Battaglia get to the truth before her own abilities betray her?

The Year of Our Love

The Year of Our Love

An extraordinary story of friendship and love across class lines, this rich, evocative novel traces the history of modern Italy, from 1975 to 2013, through the fate of one couple.
Valerio and Olivia grow up together in the Morganti family’s opulent villa in Bologna, inseparable friends even though they come from vastly different worlds: Olivia, the Morgantis’ daughter, is the heir to a large industrial fortune, while Valerio is the son of their gardener and maid. Largely sheltered from the dangers rampant in the unstable Italy of the 1970s, the two share their first innocent kiss at five years old, which heralds the start of a decades-long relationship.

From Valerio having to move to a poor neighborhood in Rome and Olivia making her entrance in high society, life tries to separate them at every turn, but without success, so strong is the bond between them. Year after year they meet only for a few moments, which feel like they’re eternal, and their friendship turns into something more intense, and scary. They take different paths: Olivia travels the world looking for herself, while Valerio devotes himself to a prestigious career that doesn’t satisfy him, in a country that is quickly losing its identity in the political crises of the Berlusconi era. Still, they keep meeting again and again at crossroads in life.

The Florios of Sicily - vol. 2

The Florios of Sicily - vol. 2

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...

Once I Am Back

Once I Am Back

From the internationally best-selling author Marco Balzano, a powerful and delicate novel that reveals an often-unspoken chapter of Italian and world history: that of the White Orphans.
For thirty years now, two thirds of the world’s migrants have been women. Yet, despite this fact, migration continues to be
talked about as an essentially male issue and as if the world was still that of the post-war period, in which thousands and
thousands of arms were used for mines, fields, factories.


Once I Am Back speaks of a vast and silent army of women, that of caregivers, telling the story of Daniela, who leaves
Romania to reach Milan and offer her children a better future, thus giving up watching them grow. In Milan she becomes
invisible: a foreigner in a city of strangers, no longer a woman, no longer a mother, just an assistant, a servant. Months turn
into years, and Daniela no longer belongs anywhere.
When her youngest son - the favorite one, the one she was told she couldn’t have - ends up in a coma after a motorcycle
accident that sadly resembles a cry for help, Daniela returns to Romania, trying to mend wounds that have been bleeding for
years. The story of a complicated but inseparable bond, the love of a mother for her child and the sacrifices that we are willing to
do for the people we care about.

Resin

Resin

Тhe multi-award-winning international bestseller Resin by Ane Riel!

Highly original . . . it reminded me of Stephen King at his best: creepy as hell, but with compassion for every character however misguided. Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

 

Suspenseful and heart-breaking, Resin is the story of what can happen when you love someone too much – when your desire to keep them safe becomes the thing that could irrevocably harm them.

 

Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think.

Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing.

But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents.

This way, Liv would be safe.

Malinverno

Malinverno

Half graveyard keeper, half librarian, Astolfo Malinverno mixes the stories of the books with those of his friends, strangers, the living and the death, changing their destinies. There are places where books are in the air, where the words from novels and poems belong to everybody and where the newborns’ names hint at dreams and promises. Timpamara is such a place. It has always been like this since the first Calabrian paper mill was built there, followed shortly after by a pulping mill.

Astolfo Malinverno is the librarian of the town: besides his daily duties, every now and then he stumps along to the pulping mill to retrieve some books that can circulate again. But one day the messenger of the city council informs him that he has been appointed for a new role: the graveyard keeper. After a few days Astolfo, who not only is a great reader but also has a sparkling imagination, is enchanted by a photo of a woman on a gravestone. There is nothing else on it: no names, no date of birth and no date of death. Over time, he starts to feel an almost loving interest for her and decides to delve into the mystery of that silent face.

Peggy Guggenheim's Dream

Peggy Guggenheim's Dream

Art was her passion. Love was her destiny.

Paris, 1937. The rebellious heiress Peggy Guggenheim is enjoying life in the French capital's dazzling bohemian world, where one glamorous cocktail party follows another. But Peggy has a dream. She wants to open her own gallery, and stand on her own two feet at last. Then she falls in love with a tall man with shining eyes: the writer Samuel Beckett.

But their love is doomed from the start, because the only way for Peggy to realise her dream is to go to London, far away from Beckett. Then dark clouds gather on the horizon – and when the war forces countless artists to flee Europe, Peggy helps as many as she can, risking both her life and her love.

I'm Staying Here

I'm Staying Here

Inspired by the striking image of the belltower rising from Lake Resia, all that remains today of the village of Curon, Marco Balzano has written a poignant novel that beautifully interweaves great moments in history with the lives of everyday people.
 
In the small village of Curon in South Tyrol, seventeen-year-old Trina longs for a different life. She dedicates herself to becoming a teacher, but the year that she qualifies - 1923 - Mussolini’s regime abolishes the use of German as a teaching language in the annexed Austrian territory. Defying their ruthless program of forced Italianization, Trina works for a clandestine network of schools in the valley, always with the risk of capture. In spite of this new climate of fear and uncertainty, she finds love and some measure of stability with Erich, an orphaned young man and her father’s helper. 
 
Now married and a mother, Trina’s life is again thrown into uncertainty when Hitler’s Germany announces the “Great Option” in 1939, and communities in South Tyrol are invited to join the Reich and leave Italy. The town splits, and ever-increasing rifts form among its people. Those who choose to stay, like Trina and her family, are seen as traitors and spies; they can no longer leave the house without suffering abuse. Then one day Trina comes home and finds that her daughter is missing…
 
 

The Three Deaths of Amerigor

The Three Deaths of Amerigor

The Florios of Sicily

The Florios of Sicily

Based on the true history of the uncrowned kings of Sicily: the story of a family, restless and ambitious, shrewd and determined to be richer and more powerful than anybody else.

The Florios arrive in Sicily, with nothing but the clothes on their back after an earthquake destroys their hometown. Against all odds, the family begins anew despite the looming Napoleonic wars and devastating plagues. But when Vincenzo is spurned by his aristocratic lover, he vows to avenge his honor by becoming the wealthiest man in Italy. Sacrificing love and family, he strives to buy what cannot be his by birth. Not to be outdone by the men, the Florio women unapologetically demand their place outside the restraints of caring mothers, alluring lovers, or wounded wives. Giulia, though only a mistress, is fiercely intelligent and runs the empire from the shadows. Angelina, born a bastard, charts her own future against the wishes of her father.

In this epic yet intimate tale of power, passion, and revenge, the rise and fall of a family taps into the universal desire to become more than who we are born as.

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