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A Kiss from Maddalena

(2002)
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It is 1943 and Santa Cecilia has become a village of women. All the young men are away at war, and for Vito Leone, time is short. A few months shy of the draft, he has begun to woo the beautiful Maddalena Piccinelli, the daughter of the town's most powerful family. No matter that her parents dismiss him as a mammoni, a mama's boy, or that her older sister has publicly called him a fool. But Maddalena sees the romantic side of Vito, his humour and his tenderness. As the war intensifies, so do her feelings towards her unlikely suitor. When the Italians unexpectedly surrender to the Allies, the retreating German soldiers invade Santa Cecilia, forcing everyone to flee, except Vito and his mother. While the village is being shelled and looted, Vito, with ingenuity and boundless devotion, comes up with the perfect plan to prove that he is a suitor worthy of Maddalena. When the Piccinellis finally return home to Santa Cecilia, they find some marvellous changes have taken place in both Vito and the village...Captivating, funny and achingly tender, A KISS FROM MADDALENA is the magical debut novel from Christopher Castellani.

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"An italian feast brimming with passion and longing. A rare first novel." - Lorenzo Carcaterra


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Hardback Editions

April 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 0-7505-2321-2 / 978-0-7505-2321-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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February 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 0-7528-6050-X / 978-0-7528-6050-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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April 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 1-56512-389-1 / 978-1-56512-389-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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2002 : USA Hardback

Title: A Kiss From Maddalena [Large Print] (Hardcover)
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 1-4025-6542-9 / 978-1-4025-6542-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Paperback Editions

January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 0-7528-6413-0 / 978-0-7528-6413-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2003 : Australia Paperback

Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 1-920885-20-X / 978-1-920885-20-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Orion
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May 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 0-425-19642-9 / 978-0-425-19642-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
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2003 : Australia Paperback
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 1-877008-68-0 / 978-1-877008-68-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Text Publishing
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Audio Editions

November 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
ISBN: 1-85903-761-5 / 978-1-85903-761-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
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Kindle Editions

April 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
Author(s): Christopher Castellani
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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