All That Remains

Katia Tenti

All That Remains


Year: 2022

Pages: 464

Where is home when the land you were promised belongs to someone else?

Sud Tirol 1925: Else Steiner and her father, who have dedicated their entire lives to music, have no time for conflict. Music, after all, is a universal language. However, when young Else is replaced by another singer, an Italian, something in her breaks forever. Fragile and lonely, she allows Alfred Gasser, a successful doctor, to convince her that although she may not love him, they can be happy together…and perhaps they could be if only their lives were not intertwined with that of three other families: the wealthy Eggers in Bolzano who live in denial of their son’s mental disability: the Marchetti’s who have immigrated from the town of Vicenza and are willing to steal, lie and sell their neighbors to the Fascists if it will get them an extra portion of bread or help them integrate; and the Ceccarini, a numerous family of proud Tuscan Communists, whose land is a refuge for political dissidents.
Sixty years of history in this intricate and compelling family saga, rooted in a mountainous land which has changed hands and alliances for as long as anyone can remember.

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