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The Madonna of the Mountains

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The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida
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Jun 12, 2018 | ISBN 9780399592430

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“Powerful and entrancing, a riveting adventure for the soul, The Madonna of the Mountains is just the kind of evocative historical fiction I love. It transported me to Italy and provided a feast for the senses: I smelled the flowers, tasted the gnocchi, heard the clang and chimes of church bells—and watched a young girl grow into a woman whose faith, love, and innocence are tested by the hardships of war.”—Sara Gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge

“The moral and ethical questions raised propel the story beyond the particulars into the universal.”Kirkus Reviews

“It is a bewitching but entirely unsentimental portrait of one woman’s attempt to keep her family safe in turbulent times.”—The Times (UK), Book of the Month
“[Elise Valmorbida’s] powerful epic is a solid choice for readers who appreciate layered family sagas involving betrayals and broken hearts.”Library Journal

“A doll on the railroad tracks; a madwoman in the wild; silkworms in the attic. Recipes for rolling tender gnocchi, using sardines to make polenta last, torturing enemies with oil or salt—they’re all part of life in this winning novel about tradition, hardship, and resolve.”Publishers Weekly

“Laced with the feel of Italy, its food, traditions and scenic splendor, this is a very fine novel indeed. Stylish and beautifully archaic in its writing, it has a hypnotic quality, difficult to draw yourself away from. Highly recommended.” LoveReading (UK) March Book of the Month

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