Synopses & Reviews
Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald's best-loved novels Innocence is set in the 1950s, when Italy was picking up the pieces after the war. Chiara Ridolfi is the guileless daughter of a decrepit Italian family. Barney is her practical English girlfriend, who can sum up a man, she says, in one firm hand-grip. Salvatore is a penniless doctor from the south, who thinks he is proof against politics, social conscience and tenderness. Chiara's cousin, Cesare, says very little, which gives him time to think...
From the author of "The Beginning of Spring" and "Offshore", this novel tells of a community and explores the lives of some of its characters.
Beautiful Chiara is smitten by the brilliant but penniless doctor Salvatore. Desiring the unwilling Salvatore as a future husband, she engages in a series of comic attempts to land her object of affection, only to create a greater chasm between the star-crossed would-be lovers.