The Incident at Montebello by P. A. Moed

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The Incident at Montebello is a historical novel based on a true event— In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. The Buonomano family is torn apart by Sofia’s death and is caught in a political firestorm that spreads from their village to Rome and across America and Europe. One family member, 16-year-old Isolina, witnesses the accident and recognizes Mussolini as the driver. She lies to the police to protect herself and her boyfriend, but she’s caught. Falling deeper into trouble, she confides in Sofia’s mother, Lucia, and sets off an unexpected chain of events. Lucia, who now knows the truth, voices her disapproval of Mussolini and comes in conflict with the police and her husband Donato, an ardent Fascist. As Lucia and Donato become increasingly estranged while struggling with Sofia’s death, Lucia is attracted to Elio Sardolini, a Jewish anti-Fascist living in town. The family’s love and loyalty is further tested when the incident becomes an international scandal and Mussolini orders the police to silence all opposition. One family member is killed and the rest must choose between their allegiance to Mussolini and their allegiance to each other. "Moed paints a quaint, intimate portrait of the small Italian town where everyone knows each other; secrets are hard to keep, and gossip travels fast... A story of love, loyalty and politics during a tumultuous age in history."--Kirkus Review

About P. A. Moed

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P.A. Moed is an award-winning creative artist who has worked as a university professor, writer, textbook editor, photographer, corporate trainer, educational consultant, and instructional designer. Her short stories, photography, poems, and essays have appeared in national newspapers, magazines, and online websites, such as the Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Online Travel, The Washington Post Travel Online,, and Cooking Light Maagazine.A recipient of writing fellowships at The Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale, she won the grand prize in 2006 Travel Writing Contest sponsored by Conde Nast and She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and hosts the blog Contact her at:
Published December 7, 2012 by P. A. Moed. 381 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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