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The house at the edge of night : a novel, Catherine Banner

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The house at the edge of night : a novel
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The house at the edge of night
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a novel
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Catherine Banner
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Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten, but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move. An indiscretion tests their marriage, and their children, three sons and an inquisitive daughter, grow up and struggle with both humanity's cruelty and its capacity for love and mercy. Spanning nearly a century, through secrets and mysteries, trials and sacrifice, this beautiful and haunting novel follows the lives of the Esposito family and the other islanders who live and love on Castellamare: a cruel count and his bewitching wife, a priest who loves scandal, a prisoner of war turned poet, an outcast girl who becomes a pillar of strength, a wounded English soldier who emerges from the sea. The people of Castellamare are transformed by two world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness. --
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Loan Stars Favourites, 2016.
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  • Banner makes her adult-fiction debut with this moving saga about four generations of an Italian family living on a small, sparsely populated island off the coast of Sicily. The patriarch, Amadeo Esposito, arrives on Castellammare in 1914 to become the island’s first doctor. After serving in the Great War, Amadeo returns; marries Pina, the widow of the schoolmaster; and buys the House at the Edge of Night—a popular café that fell into disrepair during the war. He and Pina revive the café while raising three sons and a daughter, Maria-Grazia, the intellectual and the strongest traditionalist, who is determined to keep the café going as her parents age. Banner has populated the family’s story with a marvelous supporting cast, including the mayor, who turns to fascism; an English deserter who washes up on shore and becomes Maria-Grazia’s husband; and their daughter, Lena, who carries the House at the Edge of Night into the twenty-first century. Banner’s superbly written drama is rich in engaging characters and the mystical island stories passed on from one generation to the next. -- Donovan, Deborah (Reviewed 6/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 19, p42)
  • /* Starred Review */ Banner, the author of three YA novels, makes her adult debut with a fantastic chronicle of several generations of a family living on a somewhat otherworldly Italian island. Raised by a kindly doctor who takes him from a Florence orphanage, a grown Amedeo Esposito moves to gossipy Castellamare to become the town physician in the early 20th century. He marries the smart, capable Pina Vella, but not before conducting an ill-fated affair with the mayor’s wife, which results in two of Amedeo’s children being born to two different women on the same night. After Amedeo loses his livelihood, he and Pina transform their storied, titular home into a successful bar, which is eventually looked after by their youngest child, Maria-Grazia, during WWII. In her role, she becomes privy to all the townspeople’s secrets, conducts a courtship with wounded British soldier Robert Carr, and, much to her parents’ consternation, finds herself drawn to her half-brother, Andrea. Meanwhile, her sibling Flavio, a former Fascist and her only brother to survive the war, is shunned by the community after rumors destroy his reputation. Banner extends the scope to Maria-Grazia’s two disparate, warring sons, Sergio and Giuseppino, who are willed the bar by Amedeo, and Sergio’s daughter, Lena, who gives up her plans of becoming a doctor to run the business. All the while, Banner constructs a town life with an engaging cast of characters. Her story has a touch of magical realism that filters down from the island’s many legends, collected in a book within the book by Amedeo. Banner deftly touches on weightier themes while weaving an enchanting narrative, the events of which extend to the present. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 05/30/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 22, p)
  • In the early 1900s, the citizens of the charmingly rustic Italian island of Castellamare welcome into their simple lives the new doctor, Amedeo Esposito. After a brief, ill-considered affair with Carmela, wife of the powerful il conte, Amedeo settles down with beautiful Pina. When both women deliver their babies on the same day, the parentage rumors fly, trust is shattered, and then is slowly rebuilt as world events creep ever closer to the island's idyllic ways. Amedeo and Pina restore the crumbling House at the Edge of Night and turn it into a café where they raise their children while serving their friends and neighbors. The horrors of World War II reach the remote island, pitting the residents against one another, but the devotion of Amedeo, Pina, and their growing family, fortified by wisdom and intense love for Castellamare, serve as guides for all subsequent generations navigating 100 years of upheavals that threaten the stability of island life but are no match for the brilliance and cleverness of its people. VERDICT YA novelist (The Eyes of a King; The Heart at War) Banner has written a debut adult novel so beautifully imagined that readers will want to book a flight and a ferry ride to fictional Castellamare immediately. [See Prepub Alert, 2/1/16.] --Beth Andersen (Reviewed 09/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 14, p93)
  • /* Starred Review */ The story of a family-run bar on a tiny island off the coast of Sicily, from 1914 to 2009. This knockout adult debut by young British author Banner (she started writing teen novels at age 14) is guaranteed to draw comparisons to Beautiful Ruins, Cutting for Stone, and The House of the Spirits, whisking us away to a world grounded in both reality and myth, filled with marvelously peculiar characters, plotted on a grand scale. This one begins in the early 20th century with an Italian orphan, Amadeo Esposito, who overcomes his circumstances to study medicine, then answers a call for a physician on the (fictional) island of Castellamare. He arrives just in time for the annual feast for the island's patron saint. The story of Sant'Agata, who saved the island from a plague of sorrows, is told to Amadeo by the beautiful schoolteacher Pina Vella; he adds it to the compendium of stories he collects in a red leather book given him by his foster father. At first, the villagers embrace Amadeo; he marries Pina and has a son. But thanks to past judgment errors of his own and the corrosive effects of the constant flow of gossip in the town, Amadeo is disgraced and removed from his post. To earn a living, he and Pina reopen the bar in the long-neglected House at The Edge of Night; there, three generations of Espositos will serve coffee, rice balls, and limoncellos to locals and visitors. World wars I and II, the Fascist period, and the financial crisis of 2009 all play critical roles in the plot, but so do the folk tales from Amadeo's logbook, reprinted at the start of each section. So you get both this: "In the bar, there was some disagreement over how the trouble had started....Some of the customers maintained that it had begun with two rich Americans, Freddie and Fannie, others that it had started with two brothers named Lehman…" and this: "Two brothers were fishermen upon the sea, both very handsome and so alike that nobody could tell them apart, and both very poor." Ah, what fun. Don't miss it.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2016)
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Banner, Catherine
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The house at the edge of night : a novel, Catherine Banner
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2015023813
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