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The Light in the Ruins

(2013)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge - set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate's gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison.

1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case - a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood - Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.

Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

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July 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Light in the Ruins
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-385-53481-7 / 978-0-385-53481-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Light in the Ruins (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-307-74392-6 / 978-0-307-74392-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Light in the Ruins (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-8041-2091-9 / 978-0-8041-2091-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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July 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Light in the Ruins
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-307-91741-X / 978-0-307-91741-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Light in the Ruins
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Light in the Ruins
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Light in the Ruins
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-307-91743-6 / 978-0-307-91743-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Light in the Ruins (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Vintage
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