A Novel

Book - 2007
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An epic tale of love, lies, and a family's disgrace in the unforgiving south of Italy.

After receiving stunning critical acclaim and France's most prestigious literary award, the Goncourt Prize, Laurent Gaudé's The House of Scorta (published in France as Le Soleil des Scorta ) has sold more than 400,000 copies. Spanning five generations in a small village in southern Italy, Gaudé's novel is laced with infamous crimes, forsaken loves, and lifelong secrets.

The saga of the Scortas opens in 1870 with Rocco Scorta Mascalzone, the bastard product of a rape and a notorious scoundrel whose legacy the family is forced to confront. While their lineage seems doomed to struggle, the Scortas are blessed with an imposing pride and a relentless faith in their own power. Besides a little tobacco shop they manage to open with their years of savings, their wealth all but lies in their memories and their collective belief in the pursuit of happiness.

Gaudé's omniscient, linear narrative is interwoven with the recollections of the old Carmela as she delivers her last confession to the family priest, exposing the family's deep-buried secret.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2007.
Edition: Anchor Canada edition.
ISBN: 9780385663571
Characteristics: 620 pages ; 20 cm


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Dec 11, 2009

A tragic, but captivating novel about the world from Mary Lincoln's eyes.

Jan 30, 2007

Mary Todd Lincoln knew that she was always going to be a President''s wife. And she knew that Stephen Douglas wasn''t going to get her to Washington City, even though he was one of her great admirers ? he was a democrat, after all! She knew as soon as she set her eyes on one of the homeliest men she had ever seen, that he was the one that was going to fulfill her aspirations. And what started out as a very passionate affair led her to the greatest honor she ever knew - Mrs. A. Lincoln the wife of the man who freed the slaves. But her extreme emotions would also lead to her greatest sorrow and shame. Mary was someone who could love too much in an age when emotions from women denoted madness and should not be displayed. Her grief over the deaths of three sons was all consuming. And along with her great intelligence and wit, she lived a life that men thought contemptible and tawdry in a very public way. I have come to admire her frankness, her generosity, and her willingness to reveal her inner life in an era when women did not have the freedom of being individuals. She always remained true to herself and the love of a great man.

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