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- DescriptionTwo strangers save a child in Rome during WWII-a split-second decision that will have powerful reverberations for decades to come. In 1943, one young woman, Chiara Ravello, is about to flee occupied Rome for the safetyof her grandparents' house in the hills. Atherhas been herded onto a truck with her husband and their children, and will shortly be driven offinto the darkness. In that brief moment, before she has time to think about what she is doing, Chiara makes a decision that changes her life forever. Consumed already by thoughts of the hazardous journey that looms ahead and the sister who needs her constant care, Chiara w finds herself responsible, suddenly, for a child-a child with papers who refuses to speak. Three decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, an elegant, self-contained, self-possessed woman to all appearances quite content with a life that revolves around work, friends, music, and the theater. But always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, the boy from the truck, whose absence and the havoc he wreaked on her world haunt her every moment. For so long she succeeds in suppressing the painful memories and keeping her heartache at bay, but when she receives a call from a teenage girl with a surprising link to Daniele, Chiara kws that it is time for her to face up to her past. Suspenseful, inspiring, and gorgeously told, this is an epic vel of love, loss, and war's ripple effects through the years.
- Author BiographyVirginia Baily holds a PhD and MA in English from the University of Exeter. She founded and coedits Riptide, a short-story journal. She is also the coeditor of the political series of the Africa Research Bulletin. She lives in Exeter, England.
- Author(s)Virginia Baily
- PublisherBack Bay Books
- Date of Publication13/09/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBack Bay Books
- Weight340 g
- Width137 mm
- Height206 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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