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It is 1943 and Santa Cecilia has become a village of women. All the young men are away at war, and for Vito Leone, time is short. A few months shy of the draft, he has begun to woo the beautiful Maddalena Piccinelli, the daughter of the town's most powerful family. No matter that her parents dismiss him as a mammoni, a mama's boy, or that her older sister has publicly called him a fool. But Maddalena sees the romantic side of Vito, his humour and his tenderness. As the war intensifies, so do her feelings towards her unlikely suitor.
When the Italians unexpectedly surrender to the Allies, the retreating German soldiers invade Santa Cecilia, forcing everyone to flee, except Vito and his mother. While the village is being shelled and looted, Vito, with ingenuity and boundless devotion, comes up with the perfect plan to prove that he is a suitor worthy of Maddalena.
When the Piccinellis finally return home to Santa Cecilia, they find some marvellous changes have taken place in both Vito and the village...
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"A lovely, rare work of fiction that brings to life the intimate world of a village. I was haunted and moved by the story--a love story and a war story, a tale of survival and courage. A Kiss from Maddalena is a considerable accomplishment."
"A book whose sweet vividness will remind readers of Fellini's Amarcord. A transporting debut."
A bittersweet novel of star-crossed lovers set in wartime Italy
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Book Description Text Publishing, Australia, 2003. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. First Thus. PB, pictorial card covers, 344pp. Mild rubbing, creasing to covers, inside has a hint of tanning to page edges, else square, clean & tight, with no markings. Romance set in 1943. In an Italian village, about tof be overrun by German soldiers. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # jen005088
Book Description The Text Publishing Co., Australia, 2003. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st.Australian Edition. Seller Inventory # 029865
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