Title: The Almond Picker
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First American Edition.
Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Translated by McEwen, Alastair Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000927
Synopsis: "Excellent, atmospheric...A charming, perceptive tragicomedy" - "The Guardian". In the village of Roccacolomba, Sicily, in 1963, La Mennulara (the woman who gathers almonds) lies dead. For more than forty years, she had been at the heart of the Afallipe family, one of the richest families in Roccacolomba, first as a humble maidservant and then rising to manager of the family estates. Now, at her death, the gossip among the villagers is reaching fever pitch as each character begins to wonder just how La Mennulara managed to amass such a large fortune. Was she stealing from her masters, the greedy Afallipe family, or trying to save them? Will La Mennulara's death reveal her to be a monster or a saint?
‘Excellent, atmospheric . . . A charming, perceptive tragicomedy’ -- Guardian
‘Gripping, impressive . . . inviting speedy consumption' -- TLS
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