By Christopher Castellani
It's 1943, and Santa Cecilia has turn into a village of girls. the entire younger males are away at warfare, apart from Vito Leone, his ally, and the shopkeeper's son. while Vito falls in love with Maddalena Picinelli, the shy and lovely daughter of the town's strongest relations, a number of stumbling blocks seem in his course. Maddalena's sassy, iron-willed sister Carolina thinks he is a penniless idiot. Her mom and dad imagine his loopy mom has became him right into a mammoni, a mama's boy. yet Maddalena sees one other part of Vito. he is romantic. He builds a bicycle for the women to trip. he is taking care of his feeble mama, who hasn't been an identical given that her husband and daughters ran off to the US. And Vito is set to win Maddalena's hand although she has 3 older sisters who needs to be married off first. while the Italians give up to the Allies and German infantrymen invade Santa Cecilia, all people flees yet Vito and his mom. With ingenuity and boundless devotion, Vito comes up with a plan to end up that he is an appropriate suitor. The Picinelli family members returns domestic after the struggle to discover that a few impressive adjustments have taken position. Now, just one guy stands in Vito's method, and Maddalena is pressured to select from her family's needs and her personal center. within the spirit of Corelli's Mandolin and Chocolat, A KISS FROM MADDALENA is an enthralling novel that celebrates the great thing about lifestyles and the passions of juvenile.
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That was Christmas night six months ago. They’d finished off the last of the wine, and the sun was coming up. Vito had been losing at cards for six hours and was grateful to be playing an easier game: the one where they compared the size and shape and overall beauty of each girl in the village. They’d played this before, many times, but this night they decided to be thorough: to go house by house, north to south, and youngest to oldest if there were sisters. Vito had been struck again and again by Buccio’s bad taste— how he’d go straight for the chest, hardly bothering with the legs and face at all.
He tweaked Vito’s nose with his thumb and forefinger. “Don’t worry, son. I have seen it. — and tried to explain it to his mother. “I understand,” she’d said, cupping his cheek with her palm. ” She held her arms out wide and smiled. “But maybe this is how it goes, at the end. ” Outside, in the sun, on his bike, with Maddalena and the others, Vito could escape her. Inside, staring up at the cracked stone ceiling and the watermarks, listening to the tree branches smack against his window, his mind played tricks on him.
There was Luciana beside her, already a widow; there was Vito, a pile of bones crushed under a Russian tank; here was this happy village, flattened by bombs and burning. “Sometime today please, piccolina! ” Ada yelled up to her. “Take as long as you want,” Vito said. Finally, Maddalena started pedaling and felt the bike rattle against the rocky ground. The wind blew through her hair, and before she knew it, she was flying fast down the hill. She felt suspended in the air, as if she’d just been lifted above the world and was watching it shrink beneath her.
A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani