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It is 1943, and Santa Cecilia has become a village of women. All the young men are away at war, except for Vito Leone, his best friend, and the shopkeeper's son. When Vito falls in love with Maddalena Picinelli, the shy and beautiful daughter of the town's most powerful family, a few obstacles appear in his path. Maddalena's sassy, iron-willed sister Carolina thinks he's a penniless fool. Her parents think his crazy mother has turned him into a mammoni, a mama's boy. But Maddalena sees another side of Vito. He's romantic. He builds a bicycle for the girls to ride. He takes care of his feeble mama, who hasn't been the same since her husband and daughters ran off to America. And Vito is determined to win Maddalena's hand even though she has three older sisters who must be married off first.

When the Italians surrender to the Allies and German soldiers invade Santa Cecilia, everyone flees but Vito and his mother. With ingenuity and boundless devotion, Vito comes up with a plan to prove that he's a suitable suitor. The Picinelli family returns home after the war to find that some miraculous changes have taken place. Now, only one man stands in Vito's way, and Maddalena is forced to choose between her family's wishes and her own heart.

In the spirit of Corelli's Mandolin and Chocolat, A KISS FROM MADDALENA is a captivating novel that celebrates the beauty of life and the passions of youth.

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In the spirit of "Corelli's Mandolin" and "Chocolat, A Kiss from Maddalena" is a captivating novel that celebrates the beauty of life and the passions of youth.

About the Author

Christopher Castellani is the author of A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Best Work of Fiction and was a Book Sense Top Ten pick in hardcover and in paperback, a national selection of the Readers Club of America, a Barnes & Noble Online Book Club pick, and a Borders Original Voices selection. A graduate of Swarthmore College with an M.F.A. from Boston University, he is the head instructor at Grub Street, a nonprofit creative writing center. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565123892
Author:
Castellani, Christop
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Author:
Castellani, Christopher
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.78x5.82x1.27 in. 1.24 lbs.

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