Early One Morning

Early One Morning

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Two women's decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years.

Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family.

Claiming the woman's son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead, and now a child in her charge.

Several decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained woman working as a translator. Always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, whose absence and the havoc he wrought on Chiara's world haunt her. Then she receives a phone call from a teenager claiming to be his daughter, and Chiara knows it is time to face up to the past.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316300391
Characteristics: 391 pages


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Feb 09, 2017

Finished. Boring. No substance.
There are pages & pages of descriptions of scenery and the locations of Rome. There are ample descriptions of clothing outfits and one that states that Maria's attributes include her "large, milky breasts" (this was not from a romantic scene, either). Ugh!
Daniele's story is hidden in tiny, unemotional snippets throughout. Convenient situations arise to deal with people needing to be written out of the story.
Glad this one is off my TBR list.

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