Wind Shift by Andrea De Carlo

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Two men and two women—successful Milanese professionals and lifelong friends—set off on an urbane mission from Milan with their estate agent, determined to discover Umbrian properties to buy and renovate into luxurious country homes. But as darkness descends and the roads become narrower, the travelers' concentration wanes, and they find themselves lost, their car in a ditch, and their cell phones without coverage, in the Umbrian rain. From these simple but ominous beginnings, De Carlo's novel grows into a broad, ambitious, and unsettling exploration of modern urban values. When they fall into the hands of an aggressive agri-naturist community, perspectives shift between the five protagonists as a tense series of events forces the characters to reevaluate every principle, belief, and thought they have ever held to be true. A jaunt into the Italian countryside becomes a harrowing journey into the soul.

About Andrea De Carlo

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Andrea De Carlo was born in Milan, and he currently lives in the countryside in Central Italy. One of Italy's most successful contemporary novelists, he has published thirteen novels in Italy and his books have been translated in 21 countries. His first novel earned him the reputable Premio Comisso prize for literature in 1981, and his books have since sold more than three million copies in Italy alone. He has worked as assistant director to Italian filmmakers from Federico Fellini to Michelangelo Antonioni, and he directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his first novel, Treno di Panna.
Published September 12, 2006 by Rizzoli. 328 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In bestselling Italian author De Carlo's English language debut, four high-powered old friends-sensitive and conflicted editor Luisa;

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