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These eight stories by Angelina Brasacchio are set amid the rugged scenery and white sand beaches of the Italian South. But this is the Italy, not as seen by tourists, but of the inhabitants deeply rooted in the soil of Calabria. We are drawn into their everyday lives and particularly their relationships with ‘outsiders’ whether gypsies, American soldiers blown in by the winds of war, or refugees fleeing their homelands because of persecution or poverty.

Angelina Brasacchio was born in Strongoli (Crotone). She is an established Italian author and has published several novels in Italy, including Racconti dal Sud and Racconti del Trappeto. Some of her novels have been informed by her activities as a trade unionist and one of the earliest feminists in Southern Italy.