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'Incredibly moving ... I really enjoyed it' Miranda Sawyer, Radio Four.
'An original work of serious accomplishment' Paul Bailey, Independent.
'A real gem ... Beautifully written ... Wonderfully well evoked ... It reminded me a little of The Tiger's Wife' Liz Jensen, Radio Four.
'A powerful and at times genuinely spellbinding piece of work' Billy O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner.
'Her evocation of rural life feels authentic and the atmosphere of earthy darkness is well sustained' Sunday Times.
'A curious and elegiac work, it takes no prisoners when it comes to the realities of birth and death. Tenderly translated by Silvestre Mazzarella' The Independent.
When Maria, the fourth child of a widow, is adopted by the aged and childless Bonaria Urrai, her life is instantly transformed. She finally has the love and affection she craves. But her new 'soul mother', feared and revered in equal measure by the community, is keeping something hidden from her, a secret life that is intimately bound up with Sardinia's ancient traditions. A powerful and yet delicate novel that perfectly captures the hidden ties between life, love and death. WINNER OF SIX LITERARY PRIZES: Campiello Prize; Molinello Prize; Cuneo First Novel Award; Viadana Award; Giuseppe Dessi Prize; Supermondello Prize.See all Product Description