A Novel

Michela Murgia ,

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Accabadora: A Novel

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<b>One of Elena Ferrante&rsquo;s &ldquo;Best 40 books by Female Writers&rdquo;</b><br> <b> </b><br> <b>This Italian bestseller is a &ldquo;timeless portrait of village life in Sardinia circa 1950s&rdquo; as it &ldquo;tells the story of a young girl adopted by a remarkable woman who stands at the threshold of life and death&rdquo; (Susan Sherman, author of <i>The Little Russian</i>).<br> </b><br> <b>Sardinia, 1950s:</b> Formerly beautiful and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has a long-held covenant with the dead. She is revered and feared in equal measure as the village&rsquo;s Accabadora, midwife to the dying, easing their suffering&mdash;and sometimes ending it.<br> &#160;<br> When Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth child of a widow, she tries to shield the girl from the truth about her role as an angel of mercy. Moved by the pleas of a young man crippled in an accident, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and in the recriminations that follow, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin.<br> &#160;<br> Adrift in the big city, Maria strives as ever to find love and acceptance, but her efforts are overshadowed by the creeping knowledge of a debt unpaid, of a duty and destiny that must one day be hers.<br><br> Written with intriguing subtlety,&#160;this Italian best-seller&#160;has been awarded 7 major literary prizes, including Italy&rsquo;s prestigious Premio Campiello.
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