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The Nun: Europa Editions,

1839, Messina, Italy. Marshall don Peppino di Opiri's daughter Agata has fallen in love with wealthy Giacomo Lepre but she must forsake her love for the good of her family, their illicit affair must be put to rest. Her mother takes her to Naples to garner a stipend from the King but they are rebuffed and she is sent to a convent - rife with rancour, jealousy and illicit passions. Agata remains aloof and devotes herself to medicinal herbs, reads books sent to her by an English Captain but is divided - she longs to be part of the world and yearns for the Captain...
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Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo in 1945. Her bestselling debut novel, La Mennulara, published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 2002 and subsequently published in twelve languages, was the recipient of the Forte Village Literary Prize, The Stresa Prize for Fiction, and the Alassio Prize. The Nun, her fifth novel, was awarded the 2011 Italian Pen Prize for the Novel. She has lived in London since 1972.


"There is such a wealth of possible readings in this novel...An historical novel, a coming-of-age novel, a perfect portrait of family dynamics, "The Nun" also gives us, in Agata, an unforgettable heroine."--"Gazzetta di Mantova" "A splendid novel that takes us back to the days of the fight for freedom of thought and self-determination, to a glorious era in Italian history when every single woman had the chance to enact a private devolution." -- Books & Books (Italy) "There is such a wealth of possible readings in this novel...An historical novel, a coming-of-age novel, a perfect portrait of family dynamics, The Nun also gives us, in Agata, an unforgettable heroine." -- Gazzetta di Mantova

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