Let's join the European Bookclub for "The Almond Picker"
Let's join the European Book club for their next read in December at the Italian Cultural Institute. You'll need to RSVP the event and of course read the book in advance of the meeting. We'll stop for a drink at the Purple Pig afterwards.
Hope to see you there! Sharon
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EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB: "The Almond Picker" Protected content , Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
The discussion in English will be moderated by Professor Emanuela Zanotti Carney (University of Illinois Chicago)
The child of poor farmers, La Mennulara became a maid for a well-to-do local family when she was only a girl; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as the story begins), she is dead.
As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, "The Almond Picker" assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel. Set in Sicily in the Protected content , a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, "The Almond Picker" is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared.
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