Eternal

Eternal

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An aspiring writer, an athlete from a professional cyclist family and a mathematics prodigy find their bond tested by a love triangle and the spread of anti-Semitism and fascism in 1937 Italy.
"Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear - their families, their homes, and their connection to one another - is tested in ways they never could have imagined. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2021]
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780525539766
052553976X
9780525539773
Branch Call Number: F SCOTTOLINE
FICTION Scottoline 2021
Characteristics: xii, 468 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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brangwinn
Mar 30, 2021

Just when I think there can be no new material for a World War II novel, Scottoline proves me wrong. Following three Italian friends through World War II and the regime of Mussolini, Scottoline shows the power of enduring friendships. Elisabetta is struggling to support her drunken father and her mother, a music teacher. Marco finds a job in Mussolini’s government, and Sando, a Jew, struggles to finds his way forward as the Fascists put more and more restrictions on him. Further complicating the story is the romantic love both young men feel for Elisabetta. Well-written and a nice departure from Scottoline’s previous novels.

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darladoodles
Mar 11, 2021

"War was eternal, but so was peace.
Death was eternal, but so was life.
Darkness was eternal, but so was light.
Hate was eternal, but above all, so was love."

Rome in the time of WW II. Many, many previous books show us Paris or London. I am glad to see more books coming out about Italy (another recent title is 'Our Darkest Night' by Jennifer Robson). We are used to reading thrillers from Lisa Scottoline. This historical fiction has just as many exciting twists and turns as we watch three childhood friends deal with the changes occurring in their country due to war and prejudice. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up together. They were childhood playmates, but as they grow into adulthood both young men want to marry Elisabetta. Who will she choose. There is a child. Who is the father? With glimpses into the Ghetto, the Vatican, and the office of Mussolini this well-researched novel is a labor of love and a must read for historical fiction fans.

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