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The light in the ruins : a novel
Chris Bohjalian
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We are caught up in a series of moral choices and survival tactics made by the Rosati family. The novel jumps back and forth in time from WW II in Tuscany to 1955 when some surviving members of this aristocratic family are brutally murdered. A young investigator Serafina has her own wartime experiences to draw from as she seeks to understand the killings. I am always impressed with Bohjalian’s historical research that is the basis for his writing. It makes his storytelling seem so believable. This book is much more suspenseful than others of his I’ve read, making it hard to put aside. I was reminded while reading, and he references at the end, another book on this time in Italy I thought wonderful: Mary Doria Russell’s A Thread of Grace.
posted Sep 5, 2013 at 11:01AM
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main characters Christina Rosatis
Age: 18
Her family believes they are safe from the war in their villa; falls in love with a German lieutentant; her family is forced to open their home up to the Nazis.

Serafina Bettini
Physically and psychologically scarred from fighting in the war as a partisan; hunting down a serial killer targeting the Rosatis family.
Homicide detective

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