'Incredibly moving ... I really enjoyed it' Miranda Sawyer, Radio Four.
'MacLehose Press [...] have hit aces yet again with this delicate gem ... With Accabadora, Signorina Murgia has penned a powerful and at times genuinely spellbinding piece of work' Billy O'Calllaghan, Irish Examiner.
'A real gem ... Beautifully written ... Wonderfully well evoked ... It reminded me a little of the Tiger's Wife' Liz Jensen, Radio Four.
'The award winning Accabadora is an exceptional English-language debut, written with an intriguing subtlety to reflect a sensual atmospheric picture of local Italian life and death in villages during the 1950's. A time where family ties and obligations still decide much of life's ebb and flow. A must read for those who love a touch of the unusual' Female First.
'Murgia, I have to say, is excellent at giving her readers a taste of that rural, unhurried life ... And because I found her style captivating, I was captivated by even the simplest of things. I found this novel simply enchanting due to Murgia's beautiful style of writing, even although some parts are truly shocking. This is a little gem of a book to be treasured and I fell under Murgia's spell when reading it. The translation is also seamless. Highly recommended' Bookbag.
'The prose is precisely crafted, sometimes poetically beautiful ... there is much in this novel that is humane, poetic and deeply moving' Historical Novels Review.
From the Inside Flap
When the once-beautiful Bonaria Urrai adopts Maria, the unloved fourth child of a widow, she tries to shield the girl from the truth about her role as an accabadora, an angel of mercy, who acts as mid-wife to the dying. The rural community fear and revere her in equal measure, but they understand that just as only a woman can bring life into the world, only a woman should take it away. Moved by the pleas of a young man crippled in an accident, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and in the recriminations that follow, Maria rejects Tzia Bonaria and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift in the big city, she strives to find love and acceptance, but her efforts are overshadowed by the creeping knowledge of a debt unpaid, of family ties that have nothing to do with blood, and of a destiny that must one day be hers. A powerful and yet delicate novel set in 1950s rural Sardinia, written in a rich, limpid prose that perfectly captures the hidden ties between life, love and death.