The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store / Jo Riccioni.

By: Riccioni, Jo [author.]Material type: TextTextDescription: 336 pages ; 21 cmISBN: 9781922070883 ; 1922070882 Subject(s): Immigrant families -- Great Britain -- Fiction | Brothers -- Fiction | Italians -- Great Britain -- Fiction | Families -- FictionDDC classification: A823.4 Summary: In 1949, the arrival of an Italian family sets tongues wagging in the village of Leyton, an English farming community still recovering from the war. For seventeen year old Connie, however, the newcomers provide a tantalising glimpse of the wider world a world beyond the gossip and petty concerns traded over the counter of Cleat's Corner Store. Under their father's stern eye, the Onorati brothers adapt to their new life in remarkably 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, events that tether him to the war in the mountains of Lazio. As both brothers begin to cast an unexpected influence over Leyton, Connie realises that, like them, she must grapple with her ambitions and dreams for the future. But what can any of them hope to find in the ruins of all they've lost
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In 1949, the arrival of an Italian family sets tongues wagging in the village of Leyton, an English farming community still recovering from the war. For seventeen year old Connie, however, the newcomers provide a tantalising glimpse of the wider world a world beyond the gossip and petty concerns traded over the counter of Cleat's Corner Store. Under their father's stern eye, the Onorati brothers adapt to their new life in remarkably 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, events that tether him to the war in the mountains of Lazio. As both brothers begin to cast an unexpected influence over Leyton, Connie realises that, like them, she must grapple with her ambitions and dreams for the future. But what can any of them hope to find in the ruins of all they've lost

Comment by Heather
05/02/2015

Set in England and Italy in 1949, the arrival of an Italian family in an English village intrigues a young shop assistant and opens her eyes to a wider world and greater ambitions. She becomes aware of the cruelty of local gossip and entranced by the mural painting of one of the Italians. The story also reveals the horrifying impact the war has had on Italian civilians. Written with a carefully observed sense of history and setting.

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