Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sicilian Dynasty by Daniela Di Benedetto

Coming this Christmas, Sicilian novelist Daniela Di Benedetto's first book to be translated into English will be available from Amazon and (in the United States) from Barnes & Noble in both traditional (paper) and digital (ebook) formats.

Intriguing and passionate, the story of Eva and Antonio captures the essence of the experiences of real Sicilian families. First published in Italian as L'Erede (The Heir), Sicilian Dynasty is the story of a husband and wife in a changing Sicily during the last decades of the twentieth century:

Young Eva marries the much older Antonio, heir to one of Sicily's last large rural estates. Eva prefers the city to country life, while her husband is constantly haunted by personal demons and past jealousies. In view of family squabbles and external influences, with a changing society and even the murderous Mafia encroaching upon their happiness, does the marriage stand a chance? Here, told from the parallel perspectives of husband and wife, is the tale of a modern couple's very traditional challenges over the course of twenty-five years. The old Sicily is vanishing, to be replaced by new realities...

The Author: Bologna native Daniela Di Benedetto has spent most of her life in Palermo, where she studied music and earned a degree in humanities. In Sicilian Dynasty, she combines an outsider's objectivity with an insider's insight into life in Sicily. She is part of the first wave of Sicilian women authors to make its way to distant shores.

Published by Trinacria Editions (New York), ISBN 9780991588619

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