Inheritance by Natalie Danford

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Natalie Danford's exquisitely written novel Inheritance asks a simple question: How well do we know our parents? One half of the story begins after the death of Luigi Bonocchio, an Italian immigrant whose daughter, Olivia, discovers a mysterious deed among his possessions. The deed is to a house in Urbino, Italy---the hometown he barely spoke of. Intrigued, Olivia travels there. At first she is charmed by the historic city, the relatives she’s not met before, and the young lawyer she’s hired to help her investigate the claim. But when Olivia tries to sort out the deed, she is met with a puzzling silence. Everyone in the town remembers her father, but they are not eager to tell his story. However, Luigi tells his part of the tale directly to the reader as the chapters alternate between Olivia’s search for the truth and Luigi’s account of his history. By the end of this skillfully constructed book, the reader understands both sides of a heartbreaking yet ultimately satisfying love story.


About Natalie Danford

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Natalie Danford is coeditor of the annual Best New American Voices series and a freelance writer and book critic whose work has appeared in People, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and many other publications. She lives with her husband in New York City.
Published July 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 225 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A young woman travels to Italy and discovers her father's secret past.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Inheritance

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Natalie Danford’s first novel is a mystery involving an old key — and a story about Italian Jews in the Holocaust.

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