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Loss and hope pervade Richman's (The Lost Wife, 2011) graceful narrative, which is set in Italy during WWII. In 1943, Elodie Bertolotti, four months pregnant, arrives in Portofino by boat and is taken in by a kindhearted doctor. Exhausted and frightened, she is profoundly grateful for the sanctuary she finds in his cliffside house, where she must come to terms with the tragedies she has suffered during the war. Once the much-loved daughter of a music teacher, and herself a gifted cellist, she was drawn into helping the local Resistance movement after her father was beaten by the Blackshirts for playing music too loud. Learning how to weave coded messages into her performance pieces, Elodie proved to be a valuable aid in passing vital information to Resistance members. But when a mission puts her in grave danger, she flees to Portofino and the house of the young doctor, whose life is also haunted by tragedy. Sensual in its descriptions of the Italian countryside and the allure of music, this moving story also graphically depicts the heroism and sacrifice of wartime. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Biography

Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory,The Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife. She lives in Long Island with her husband and two children.
- (Penguin Putnam)

Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory,The Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife. She lives in Long Island with her husband and two children. - (Random House, Inc.)

Annotations

In World War II Italy, cello prodigy Elodie Bertolotti joins the Italian Resistance to Mussolini's fascist regime, and soon she must seek sanctuary with a young doctor who has painful secrets of his own. By the author of The Lost Wife. Includes readers' group guide. Original. 100,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

When Mussolini's Fascist regime strikes her family, cello prodigy Elodie is brought into the resistance movement, and discovers that her musical talents have the power to save lives. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she's never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino. Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But whenMussolini's Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power tosave lives. In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie's arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy thatAngelo thought was lost to him forever. Written in dazzling prose and set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery. "-- - (Baker & Taylor)

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE LOST WIFE

Set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery.


Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she’s never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives.

In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie’s arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy that Angelo thought was lost to him forever.

- (Penguin Putnam)

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE LOST WIFE

Set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery.


Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she’s never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives.

In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie’s arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy that Angelo thought was lost to him forever.

- (Random House, Inc.)

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