The House at the Edge of Night

The House at the Edge of Night

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten, but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move. An indiscretion tests their marriage, and their children, three sons and an inquisitive daughter, grow up and struggle with both humanity's cruelty and its capacity for love and mercy. Spanning nearly a century, through secrets and mysteries, trials and sacrifice, this beautiful and haunting novel follows the lives of the Esposito family and the other islanders who live and love on Castellamare: a cruel count and his bewitching wife, a priest who loves scandal, a prisoner of war turned poet, an outcast girl who becomes a pillar of strength, a wounded English soldier who emerges from the sea. The people of Castellamare are transformed by two world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness. --
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780812998795
Branch Call Number: FIC BANN
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book. I like the fact that the story spans three different generations, I always think it is cool when I read a book that attempts something like that. There were occasional slow parts which is really my only qualm about this novel. Also, Castellamare is totally not a real place in case you were wondering. :)

samdog123 Jan 05, 2017

At over 400 pages, this is not a short read, but the author's lyrical, story-telling style will certainly keep you engaged. Like the stories that Amadeo collects, the book reads like a compliation of stories about the Esposito family from the early 1900's to the turn of the 21st century. Set on the Italian island of Castellamare, it follows island life with its ups and downs, failures and successes. By the end of the book, the characters will feel like old friends.

Nov 08, 2016

Set on a remote Italian island, four generations of engaging family members and their neighbors are transformed by two world wars over 95 years. Read this if you like family sagas, Italy and passionate characters - and who doesn't?

jilllib Oct 11, 2016

Loved the Italian setting and the magical realism!

Oct 08, 2016

Beautifully and simply written in almost a fable style, this story follows the lives of one family and their neighbors, all of whom live on a very remote island off the coast of Italy. The story begins before the first World War and continues to the present day, and each new generation is as interesting and realistic as the one before. A very good read indeed!

Oct 07, 2016

Get out the Limoncello! What a lovely story that takes place on a fictitious island, Castellamare, off Italy's coast. It begins with a story collecting doctor. The original stories or fables are kept alive on the island. Everybody knows everybody and, hence, gossip abounds.
The islanders kept their own pace as time moved forward. "For it was hard to be content any longer with the usual clothes ....or bought from the widow Valeria's hardware store, where the same faded underpants and socks and funeral trousers had been known to hang in the window for decades at a time." The reader witnesses time and tradition slowly changing, yet holding values steadfast. A delightful read.

Sep 08, 2016

This story set on a small neglected (by this I mean neglected by tourists) island near Sicily and Italy has the characteristics of books that I personally love. There are interesting characters and a family saga set in a location in which I love to travel. An orphan boy ends up becoming a doctor and settles in this remote location. Eventually marrying and raising a family, he becomes an integral part of the community as does his daughter. World War I, World War II and up into the new century we watch the interconnectedness of the residents and the island’s hold even on those who leave.

Jul 28, 2016

Tiny volcanic island Castellamare off Sicily is the setting for Banner’s story that spans nearly 100 years. We follow the Esposito family through four generations, but particularly foundling father Amedeo and daughter Maria-Grazia, each story collectors in their own way.

Good engaging story with wonderful characters and a touch of magic. Small island setting and gossiping widows reminded me a little of recently read 'The Marriage of Opposites' by Alice Hoffman.


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Aug 24, 2017

Great book. The book takes you to a small Italian island where you get the opportunity to meet its inhabitants through several generations. Quite moving.


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