Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
When Vittorio's mother is bitten by a snake in the family's stable, her ankle starts to swell -- and so does her belly. Vittorio's father has immigrated to Canada in advance of his family, so rumours begin to swirl in their small village, and Vittorio and his mother increasingly become pariahs. Vittorio's only escape is a treasured copy of Lives of the Saints until his mother decides it's time for them to rejoin his father in Canada. A poignant and original coming-of-age story, Nino Ricci's debut novel won widespread praise and became an international bestseller.
Lives of the Saints won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1990.