Posted by / 07 April 2009 /

Book Review Sunday!

Ok, so it's Tuesday. I had a busy weekend.

The book I want to share with you is The Secrets of Sant'Angelo by Jeff Shapiro. The book is set in Italy, and although you want to believe that it is Italy of old, it is actually set in the 50s or 60s. Sant'Angelo is a small town in Italy lately besiged of bad luck (the town priest breaking his leg, the creche catching fire, several untimely deaths) when in wanders in Rosa Spina (a lusty, woman who is a fine hostess) and her son Emmanuel Moses (who starts a popular prayer group in town and seems to perform miracles whereever he is). Emmanuel's convict brother, L'Altro, keeps enough suspension going to make the surprising ending worthwhile. The book also contains wonderful verbage about the countryside in Italy, describing the food, characters and landscape in enough detail to satisfy any armchair traveler. I do think our book club discussion will be interesting, as the book does discuss religious beliefs (mostly Roman Catholic)in a way to spark lively conversation!

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