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The Resource The House at the Edge of Night

The House at the Edge of Night

Label
The House at the Edge of Night
Title
The House at the Edge of Night
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Banner
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Language
eng
Summary
A sweeping saga about four generations of a family who live and love on an enchanting island off the coast of Italy—combining the romance of Beautiful Ruins with the magical tapestry of works by Isabel Allende.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRLos Angeles Public LibraryKirkus Reviews"A perfect summer read [that] brims with heart . . . Don't be surprised if you keep turning the pages long into the night, spellbound by its magic." —The Denver Post "Captivating . . . [Catherine] Banner's four-generation saga is set on an island near Sicily, where myths of saints get served up with limoncello at the Esposito family's bar. . . . The island is fictional, but consider this dreamy summer read your passport."—People "A lusty page-turner that weaves romance, rivalry and the intricacies of family expectations into one glorious tale."—Minneapolis Star Tribune Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten, but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move. An indiscretion tests their marriage, and their children—three sons and an inquisitive daughter—grow up and struggle with both humanity's cruelty and its capacity for love and mercy. Spanning nearly a century, through secrets and mysteries, trials and sacrifice, this beautiful and haunting novel follows the lives of the Esposito family and the other islanders who live and love on Castellamare: a cruel count and his bewitching wife, a priest who loves scandal, a prisoner of war turned poet, an outcast girl who becomes a pillar of strength, a wounded English soldier who emerges from the sea. The people of Castellamare are transformed by two world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness. Catherine Banner has written an enthralling, character-rich novel, epic in scope but intimate in feeling. At times, the island itself seems alive, a mythical place where the earth heaves with stories—and this magical novel takes you there.Praise for The House at the Edge of Night"A gorgeous, sweeping story set over four generations . . . calls to mind Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Beautiful Ruins."—Interview"Like pictures of a childhood summer, or a half-forgotten smell, this book is sweet and heady with nostalgia . . . [and] comforting as a quilt."—NPR "Rich and immersive, this book will take you away."—Vox"A masterful piece of storytelling, infused with the miraculous (both in stories and in everyday life) while maintaining the difficult balance between the explainable versus the inexplicable . . . captivating and beautifully rendered."—Sara Gruen, author of At the Water's Edge
Summary
Four generations of women on a Mediterranean island fight to safeguard their family against the forces of history and bitterness that divide them from World War I through the 2008 recession
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Award
Loan Stars Favourites, 2016.
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DLC
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Banner, Catherine
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Romance
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The House at the Edge of Night
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780812998801
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optical disk
Label
The House at the Edge of Night
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780812998801
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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