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Mar 30, 2021brangwinn rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Just when I think there can be no new material for a World War II novel, Scottoline proves me wrong. Following three Italian friends through World War II and the regime of Mussolini, Scottoline shows the power of enduring friendships. Elisabetta is struggling to support her drunken father and her mother, a music teacher. Marco finds a job in Mussolini’s government, and Sando, a Jew, struggles to finds his way forward as the Fascists put more and more restrictions on him. Further complicating the story is the romantic love both young men feel for Elisabetta. Well-written and a nice departure from Scottoline’s previous novels.