A Decent Family by Rosa Ventrella audiobook

A Decent Family: A Novel

By Rosa Ventrella

Brilliance Audio 9781542004435
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781799748359

For fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series comes a captivating family saga focused on a willful young woman’s struggles against her oppressive small town by acclaimed Italian author Rosa Ventrella. In old Bari, everyone knows Maria De Santis as “Malacarne,” the bad seed. Nicknamed for her dark features, volcanic temperament, and resistance to rules, the headstrong girl can only imagine the possibilities that lie outside her poverty-stricken neighborhood. Growing up with her mother, two brothers, and a tyrannical father, Maria must abide. She does—amid the squalid life to which she was born, the cruelties of her small-minded neighbors, and violence in a constant threat of eruption. As she reconciles her need for escape with the allegiance she feels toward her family, Maria has her salvations: her secret friend, Michele, son of a rival family and every bit the outsider she is, and her passion for books, which may someday take her far, far away. In this exquisitely rendered and sensory-rich novel, Rosa Ventrella explores the limits of loyalty, the redeeming power of friendship and love, and the fire in the soul of one woman who was born to break free.

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Summary

Summary

For fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series comes a captivating family saga focused on a willful young woman’s struggles against her oppressive small town by acclaimed Italian author Rosa Ventrella.

In old Bari, everyone knows Maria De Santis as “Malacarne,” the bad seed. Nicknamed for her dark features, volcanic temperament, and resistance to rules, the headstrong girl can only imagine the possibilities that lie outside her poverty-stricken neighborhood.

Growing up with her mother, two brothers, and a tyrannical father, Maria must abide. She does—amid the squalid life to which she was born, the cruelties of her small-minded neighbors, and violence in a constant threat of eruption. As she reconciles her need for escape with the allegiance she feels toward her family, Maria has her salvations: her secret friend, Michele, son of a rival family and every bit the outsider she is, and her passion for books, which may someday take her far, far away.

In this exquisitely rendered and sensory-rich novel, Rosa Ventrella explores the limits of loyalty, the redeeming power of friendship and love, and the fire in the soul of one woman who was born to break free.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ventrella’s narrative examines themes of class and gender expectations, accompanied by enough nostalgic detail to make the ‘old country’ more appealing in memory than it was in reality. Inevitable comparisons of Ventrella’s work with that of Elena Ferrante…will be propelled by Goldstein’s fluid translation of this novel in the wake of her work on Ferrante’s juggernaut. Ventrella’s ambitious attempt to convey Marí’s struggle echoes Ferrante’s epic approach to chronicling women’s lives…Ventrella reveals the many ways in which the sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons—and the daughters. Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Rosa Ventrella

Author Bio: Rosa Ventrella

Rosa Ventrella was born in Bari and still resides in her home country of Italy, where she teaches Italian literature. She has also worked as an editor and has written for the magazine I fiori del male.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English