A Handful of Happiness: How a Prickly Creature Softened a Prickly Heart

By Massimo Vacchetta , with Antonella Tomaselli
Translated by Jamie Richards
Introduction read by Hillary Huber
Read by James Anderson Foster

4.09 Hours 07/10/2018 unabridged
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A feel-good memoir of a man and his hedgehog Massimo Vacchetta, an Italian veterinarian specializing in large animals, is recently divorced and feeling heartbroken and depressed―until the day that someone brings an orphaned baby hedgehog into his clinic. As the tiny hedgehog cries and whimpers, Massimo immediately understands the extent of the animal’s vulnerability and isolation. Recognizing her helplessness and desperation in himself, he connects with her in a way he has never connected with any other animal. In caring for this hedgehog, Massimo uncovers her vibrant personality and rediscovers his own. Soon, another sick hedgehog lands in his lap. And then another. As people begin to seek him out to heal and care for the injured or orphaned animals, Massimo finally discovers his life’s mission. As other sick hedgies are healed and released, Massimo continues to dote on Ninna like a child, constantly fretting about her health and happiness, caring about her in a way he has never cared about anyone or anything else. But the cage that once kept her safe soon becomes a prison, and as much as it breaks Massimo’s heart to let her go, he knows she longs to be free. Through this life-affirming story of a man and his hedgehog, we learn that no love is too great and no creature too small.

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Summary

Summary

A feel-good memoir of a man and his hedgehog

Massimo Vacchetta, an Italian veterinarian specializing in large animals, is recently divorced and feeling heartbroken and depressed―until the day that someone brings an orphaned baby hedgehog into his clinic. As the tiny hedgehog cries and whimpers, Massimo immediately understands the extent of the animal’s vulnerability and isolation. Recognizing her helplessness and desperation in himself, he connects with her in a way he has never connected with any other animal.

In caring for this hedgehog, Massimo uncovers her vibrant personality and rediscovers his own.
Soon, another sick hedgehog lands in his lap. And then another. As people begin to seek him out to heal and care for the injured or orphaned animals, Massimo finally discovers his life’s mission.

As other sick hedgies are healed and released, Massimo continues to dote on Ninna like a child, constantly fretting about her health and happiness, caring about her in a way he has never cared about anyone or anything else. But the cage that once kept her safe soon becomes a prison, and as much as it breaks Massimo’s heart to let her go, he knows she longs to be free.

Through this life-affirming story of a man and his hedgehog, we learn that no love is too great and no creature too small.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This sweet tale of companionship is sure to resonate with animal lovers.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Massimo Vacchetta

Massimo Vacchetta has worked as a large animal veterinarian for twenty years. Two years ago he opened La Ninna, a shelter and rehabilitation center for hedgehogs. He is the chairman of the association La Casa Dei Ricci, whose mission is the protection of hedgehogs and their environment.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English