“Inheritance, Olivia Bonocchio goes where each of us knows we should never go: past a father's persona and into the sloppy, disconcerting truth of who he really was. Danford perfectly captures the dance between the kind of knowledge that can banish a person from the garden and the sort of truth that can set her free. Inheritance may be a debut novel, but the storytelling is so assured, it reads like the work of a reliable old pro---something Danford seems destined to become.” —Mark Winegardner, author of Crooked River Burning and The Godfather Returns
“In prose that is as elegant as it is subtle, Natalie Danford captures the true essence of Italians, both in Italy and as Americans. Her portrayal of an Italian-American daughter's return to her father's homeland is beautiful and evocative.” —Mark Rotella, author of Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria
“Natalie Danford's engaging first novel dances elegantly between past and present, mystery and memory play, family drama and immigrant tale. Danford commands her tough, prideful characters with a sure hand and leads the reader on a memorable journey across the twentieth century in two countries.” —Christopher Castellani, author of A Kiss from Maddalena and The Saint of Lost Things
“This seductive and beautiful debut crosses the border between modern America and World War II Italy, between the living and the dead, tracking one family's hidden secret---and illuminating an entire world at the same time. Her characters are fragile, fearless, and achingly human, real people who will stay with you long after you've reached the book's stunning final pages.” —Allison Lynn, author of Now You See It
“Natalie Danford's remarkable and engaging first novel reminds us that to truly understand one's legacy isn't just to hear, in the language of the present, the words sent from the past, but to know them as if you were there at the moment they were first spoken. Only then will the substance of what you have inherited---its dark mystery and its revelatory light---become truly yours.” —Chuck Wachtel, author of Joe the Engineer
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.