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Return to Valetto [DIY Book Club]

Smith, Dominic, 1971-2023
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On a hilltop in Umbria sits Valetto. Once a thriving village-and a hub of resistance and refuge during World War II-centuries of earthquakes, landslides and the lure of a better life have left it neglected. Only ten residents remain, including the widows Serafino - three eccentric sisters and their steely centenarian mother - who live quietly in their medieval villa. Then their nephew and grandson, Hugh, a historian, returns. But someone else has arrived before him, laying claim to the cottage where Hugh spent his childhood summers. The unwelcome guest is the captivating and no-nonsense Elisa Tomassi, who asserts that the family patriarch, Aldo Serafino, a resistance fighter whom her own family harboured, gave the cottage to them in gratitude. Like so many threads of history, this revelation unravels a secret - a betrayal, a disappearance and an unspeakable act of violence - that has impacted Valetto across generations. Who will answer for the crimes of the past?
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Author:
Imprint:
Allen & Unwin, 2023.Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2023.
Collation:
358 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes:
"A nearly abandoned Italian village, the family that stayed, and long-buried secrets from World War II." --Front cover.Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
9781761067273
Dewey class:
A823.4
Language:
English
BRN:
562527
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Sandringham LibraryDIY Book Club12 copies in setOnloan - Due: 26 Jul 2024
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