by Milena Agus, translated by Ann Goldstein - £9.99 Europa Editions (2012)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781609450014 | ISBN 10: 1609450019
An young unnamed woman reflects the life of her grandmother, a bewitching and eccentric figure whose abiding search for love spans much of the twentieth century.
In 1943, as American bombs fall on the city of Cagliari, the young womanís grandmother is thirty and already considered an old maid, unmarried and still living at home with her parents. But when the bombing ceases, and despite her protests, her father forces her to marry the first man to propose, an older widower she doesnít love. After suffering several miscarriages, she is sent for treatment at a spa on the mainland, where she falls in love with an injured Italian army veteran and nine months later gives birth to a son. Attributing the pregnancy to her spa treatment, she returns to her husband and never reveals the affair.
Decades later, she returns to the mainland and travels to her former loverís hometown of Milan. Dressed in her finest coat and shoes, she wanders the streets in search of the elusive veteran.
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