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978-0571336326

The Madonna of the Mountains - Signed, Lined and Dated

The Madonna of the Mountains - Signed, Lined and Dated

by Elise Valmorbida

Publisher Faber & Faber

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  • Hardcover


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About the book

1923

Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.

Her father has gone to find her a husband. He's taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine - no need to take water - the world is full of water.

There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria's years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He'll be looking for a woman who can do the work.

Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contr says that.

And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.

In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.

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About the Author

Elise Valmorbida

Award-winning and critically acclaimed author and independent film producer, Elise Valmorbida, was the first to propose a creative writing course at Central Saint Martins in 1997, and continues to teach there today.


Madonna of the Mountains was published in 2018, kicking off Faber & Faber's collaboration with Liberty London Fabrics and featuring a bespoke Liberty-designed cover.

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