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Publisher's Summary

Two strangers - generations and oceans apart - have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that lead us to one another.

In a small Northern Italian village, nine-year-old Luca Taviano catches a stubborn cold and is subsequently diagnosed with leukemia. His only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. After an exhaustive search, a match turns up three thousand miles away in the form of a most unlikely donor: Joseph Neiman, a rabbi in Brooklyn, New York, who is suffering from a debilitating crisis of faith. As Luca’s young nurse, Nina Vocelli, risks her career and races against time to help save the spirited redheaded boy, she uncovers terrible secrets from World War II - secrets that reveal how a Catholic child could have Jewish genes.

Can inheritance be transcended by accidents of love? That is the question at the heart of This Magnificent Dappled Sea, a novel that challenges the idea of identity and celebrates the ties that bind us together.

©2020 David Biro (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Plenty of heart and compassion. Biro’s ambitious dive into the mysteries of family origins will move readers." --Publishers Weekly

"Physician and author Biro examines the secrets that people carry and how they shape and distort the ways one sees the world. A story of interconnection and the boundaries that too often keep us apart." --Booklist

"This Magnificent Dappled Sea by David Biro is a deftly crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that both entertains and provokes thoughtful reflection. The kind of literary work that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf." --Midwest Book Review

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It could have been 5 stars

This book had me enthralled for the first three quarters but then petered out. The story just sort of faded away with no difinitive ending. I was disappointed as it had started out showing promise of being an outstanding story. Cassandra Campbell was excellent, as always.

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A different Holocaust story

As much as I enjoyed the story and all the connections, I felt a bit let down at the end. Something is missing from the ending. It left me unsatisfied.

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Difficult

This was a very difficult story to follow. After the "big reveal" at what should have been the vend, the book goes on for another hour... totally unnecessary and annoying.

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A Seamless Melding of Humanism and Science

I loved this book! The characters are alive. Nina (the nurse), Luca (the patient), Joseph (the bone marrow donor) and so many more.
The story has many layers -- from the science of bone marrow transplantation, to complex family relationships in Italy and Brooklyn. The subplots will resonate with me for some time.
I give this the strongest recommendation!

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A must read book

This book took you to Italy & the beautiful language along with it. This book had love, mystery & drama all rolled into one. I was sad to see it come to an end.

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Wonderful

Loved this story. The narrator captured each character and had me hanging on every word. This is a wonderful story. Kudos to the author.

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will recommend

love this story about Luca and I understand it's so well Great book would definitely recommend

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Enchanting story

A wonderful tale that takes one into the world of a little boy and the people in his life. A complex story but well written. Excellently narrated.

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Very interesting basic premise…

…& I enjoyed most of this story quite a bit, but it felt rather disjointed in places, as if the author had too many plots he wanted to write about & tried to shove them all into this one book. I wish he’d decided to write at least two different books, instead, & made this one a bit “cleaner”.

One of the very short storylines appeared to be just to let us all know how pro-abortion & anti-Catholic church he is. It had nothing to do with the plot, added no value or interest, & was just “there”, all of a sudden; it was as if the author decided he needed to attract more of the “woke” to this book, so found a place to shoehorn it in near the very end.

Sorta spoiler alert! (Although it doesn’t give away any of the plot.) The whole grandfather story was bizarre. His own wife never noticed a large, bloody, gaping wound he kept open in his thigh for fifty years? He only had trouble with it twice in all that time? And then it just healed on its own when he finally left it alone? Yeah, no. That’s not how it works after a wound has been kept opened that long. I know the open sore is a metaphor for his mental agony at how he ended up with his son, but that could’ve been handled in so many other ways with, I believe, more of an impact. Otherwise, all I thought each time it was mentioned was, “ick”.

This book needed a ruthless editor. The author knows how to craft sentences & even a storyline, but I wish he’d chosen one storyline (Italian boy with leukemia helped by American Rabbi, & their Holocaust connections) & stayed with it.

Narrator was fabulous.

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Will grab your heart…

This was a slow starter - thought at first I was wasting my time. However, once getting into the meat of the story I had a hard time putting it down. You will not forget Luca, Nina and Joseph. Cassandra Campbell was the perfect narrator.

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  • 11-27-20

Very good book.

Good storyline. Nothing too exciting or scarey but just enough to keep you wanting to find out how it all turned out in the end.

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  • 02-09-21

Rich and thought provoking

A rich and moving summation of a life. While the Holocaust is well known to most, the fallout on the next generation is not. Such a good read

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A lovely story

A really lovely story performed incredibly well!
Spanning several decades, countries and cultures. There is always that one patient who you feel a real connection to, very relatable.