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Italy, 1921. Yacobo Levi, an intellectual dreamer, works in the family bookshop. Angelo Ghione, a contadino, makes good wine by singing to the grapes. Lifetime best friends, their Jewish and Catholic families live side by side amidst a backdrop of village communal life. Born on the same day, their children grow up and fall in love. When the 1938 racial laws are passed, the love between Bella and Rico thrives.

When Angelo discovers their liaison, he suggests they marry, but tensions simmer beneath the surface of love and friendship. When war is declared on the day of Bella's wedding to a fellow Jew, the peaceful village they live in is torn apart and the Levis find themselves displaced and fighting for their lives.

©2020 Amanda Weinberg (P)2021 Soundings

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Beautifully Written and Wonderful Narration

This novel is a beautiful story where you can see rays of happiness through thunder clouds of heartache and tragedy. The descriptions throughout the story made me feel like I was there in this small community in Italy. The narrator‘a performance was wonderful. I’m definitely recommending this to my friends!

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  • 08-11-22

A wonderful read

A beautifully written book read beautifully , I found it hard to put down, a wonderful mix of emotions , a love story with so many obstacles set in a historic time of such sadness .