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From the bestselling author of The Obituary Writer comes the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian family.

An Italian Wife opens in turn-of-the-century Italy, when young Josephine Rimaldi is forced to follow her new husband to America in an arranged marriage and finds herself in a strange country with a man she doesn’t know or love.

Bound by tradition, she gives birth to seven children; the last, conceived in a passionate affair, Josephine must give up for adoption. Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for this child, keeping her secret even as her other children, whose stories unfold in surprising ways, go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes: Her son suffers in World War I. Her daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs. And her granddaughters experiment with the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 1970s.

Poignant, sensual, and deeply felt, An Italian Wife is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.

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  • “I loved Ann Hood’s An Italian Wife in the same way I loved Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge—and for the same reason. The interconnected stories that fan out from a central character—in this case, matriarch Josephine Rimaldi—illuminate important truths about the ways in which our families, our ancestry, and the era into which we’re born shape who we become. An Italian Wife is a multigenerational masterpiece.”

    Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water

  • An Italian Wife is glorious. The life of Josephine Rimaldi is the heart of this multi-generational family saga with deep, fertile roots in southern Italy. Reading this novel was like taking a luscious train ride through the last century. It soars with the power of Josephine’s dreams as she builds a life and family in America. Full of surprise and wonder, the writing is at turns poetic and sensitive, then dynamic and wise. Ann Hood is a master craftsman. This resplendent novel is a grand crescendo in a pitch perfect career.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I admire this graceful and intimate writer for her literary sleight of hand: you don’t so much read about her characters as you inhabit them.”

    Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “Hood reinvents the family saga into something spellbindingly new and authentically alive…From turn-of-the-century Italy to 1950s American suburbia to the psychedelic 1970s, Hood shows how love and history transform a family, fuel—and sometimes kill—their dreams, and connect them in ways they never might imagine. Sweeping, sensual, and downright astonishing.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

  • “With each chapter a coming-of-age tale of an individual family member, Hood offers a poignant view of the turbulent twentieth century. She successfully displays the connected, ordinary lives of her characters, whom readers will come to love, appreciate, and enjoy. This intricately woven, engrossing narrative will delight Hood’s readers and attract fans of literary family sagas.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hood guides us through the complicated lives of a multigenerational Italian American family…Each generation seems to resist the traditions of the preceding one, until the tender relationship between Josephine and a great-grandson—a wonderful pairing—reveals that a love and respect of what (and who) came before often prevails.”

    Booklist

  • “A century in the life of an extended Italian American family…A soulful and multilayered book from this accomplished author.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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