In 1949, the insular English village of Leyton seems to have emerged from the war in relative calm - that is, until a family of Italian peasants arrives to work the estate at Leyton House. There's nothing like a former prisoner of war and his two sons to set tongues wagging at Cleat's Corner Store. For Connie Farrington, a 17-year-old shop assistant at Cleat's, the Onorati brothers are a window to the wider world she has often longed for.
The two brothers are adapting to their new life in different ways: while the charismatic Vittorio is determined to reinvent himself and embrace all things English, the solitary Lucio is haunted by the secrets of his past, by events that tether him to the war in the mountains of Lazio. As Vittorio's drive and Lucio's quiet toil begin to cast an influence over Leyton, Connie's world is turned upside down, and she is forced to re-examine her ambitions and dreams. Populated with a cast of charming characters, *The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store* is a beautifully observed tale of small-town life, exploring love, prejudice, and identity in the wake of World War II.
About the Author
Jo Riccioni was born in the UK to an Italian father and English mother. She worked in Singapore and Paris before settling in Sydney, and she has a master's degree in literature from Leeds University. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and Radio National, and published in *The Best Australian Stories* 2010 and 2011. Her story 'Can't Take the Country out of the Boy' has been optioned for a short film.
Number Of Pages: 367
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.4
Weight (kg): 20.9