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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 Belinda Alexandra, Monica McInerney and Barbara Erskine.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

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

Synopsis

The Night Falling by Katherine Webb

Puglia, Italy, 1921. Leandro returns home now a rich man with a glamorous American wife, determined to make his mark. But how did he get so wealthy - and what haunts his outwardly exuberant wife? Boyd, quiet English architect, is hired to build Leandro's dreams. But why is he so afraid of Leandro, and what really happened between them years before, in New York? Clare, Boyd's diffident wife, is summoned to Puglia with her stepson. At first desperate to leave, she soon finds a compelling reason to stay. Ettore, starving, poor and grieving for his lost fiancee, is too proud to ask his Uncle Leandro for help. Until events conspire to force his hand. Tensions are high as poverty leads veterans of the Great War to the brink of rebellion. And under the burning sky, a reckless love and a violent enmity will bring brutal truths to light...

Reviews

'It's littered with conflicts - part love story, part social and political drama, but these factors make for an exciting and unpredictable read' ESSENTIALS

'This unlikely romance is set in 1920s Italy ... tension mounts as Clare becomes embroiled with Cardetta's family ... The threat of violence is never far away but nothing prepares you for the final revelations.' SUNDAY EXPRESS

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

26th March 2015

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Katherine Webb

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409135913

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