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Before the Earthquake

A novel by

Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
At the turn of the 20th century, a devastating earthquake completely destroys a small village in southern Italy. Concetta, a 15-year-old girl, is seriously injured - and, on waking up from her coma, can't remember anything that happened in the weeks before the disaster. When she discovers she is pregnant, her family marries her off hastily to some neighbours who owe them a debt of honour. With the help of a grieving signora, who lost her son in the earthquake, Concetta sets out to solve the mystery of what exactly happened in those forgotten weeks.


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February 2010 : UK Paperback

Title: Before the Earthquake
Author(s): Maria Allen
ISBN: 1-906994-04-8 / 978-1-906994-04-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tindal Street
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK