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The Night Falling by Katherine Webb
  

The Night Falling

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The devastating effect of the First World War in rural Italy is portrayed here in Puglia in 1921. The absentee landowners left their farms to be run by fascist black shirts, often at a loss. The poor live a hand-to-mouth existence; if they don’t work they don’t eat. We follow Ettore, whose fiancée has been raped and murdered, his sister, whose husband was killed in the war, and her baby and father. Into this desperate family comes a nephew, Leandro, returned having made a fortune in America. He brings an American wife and a young couple with a baby. The locals shun them believing Leandro has made his money from criminal means. Jealousy, fights, murder, scandal and more erupt as Leandro buys up land and property. This is terrific and particularly fascinating on the period, something Katherine Webb is so good at.

If you like Katherine Webb you might also like to read books by Barbara Erskine, Rachel Hore and Kate Morton.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Southern Italy in the aftermath of the Great War is a place of hardship, secrets and social tension. Wealthy Leandro has returned to Puglia with a beautiful American wife, to build the edifice of his dreams, but the past is never far away. What is troubling Leandro’s wife, and why is his English architect Boyd so afraid of him? As Boyd’s quiet wife Clare travels to join him and Leandro’s poverty-stricken nephew Ettore struggles with his pride, a series of events is set in motion that will change their lives for ever. Lyrical and evocative, this is a thought-provoking historical romance.
~ Susie Cogan

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The Night Falling by Katherine Webb

Puglia, 1921. Leandro Cardetta, born into poverty, emigrated to America to make his fortune and has returned home to southern Italy a rich man, accompanied by his glamorous wife, Marcie, an ex-showgirl fighting middle age. Now Leandro has money enough to hire renowned English architect, Boyd Kinsgley, to renovate a crumbling palazzo into an Art Deco statement of wealth, and host Boyd's teenage son and his diffident young second wife, Clare, for one extraordinary summer. Under the burning sky, beyond the luxury of Leandro's home, tensions are high. Veterans of the Great War are desperate for work and food. Among these is Ettore, Leandro's nephew. Gripped by grief at the loss of his fiancee, Ettore has sworn to identify Livia's killer, and take his revenge. He is too proud to go to his uncle for charity, but when he injures himself one day, he has no choice but to knock on Leandro's door. Meeting Clare there will change everything - and in the most violent way. During the fierce summer of 1921, all these lives converge. Exactly how did Leandro grow rich in America, and what is the strange hold he has over Boyd? What happened to the first Mrs Kingsley, and what secret haunts the outwardly exuberant Marcie Cardetta? Hearts will be broken, blood will be spilt and the hardest of life's lessons will be learnt as shadows fall.

About the Author

Katherine Webb

Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives near Bath, UK. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, bookbinder, housemaid, library assistant and seller of fairy costumes, she is now a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Legacy, won the popular vote for the TV Book Club Summer Read 2010 and was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards. Her subsequent novels The Unseen, A Half Forgotten Song and The Misbegotten were all Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers, and her books have been translated into 26 languages around the world.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Katherine Webb

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Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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9781409131496

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