The Almond Picker

A Novel

Simonetta Agnello Hornby

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The child of poor farmers, La Mennulara became a maid for a well-to-do local family when she was only a girl; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family’s affairs. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as this story begins) she is dead.

As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, The Almond Picker assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel. Set in Sicily in the 1960s, a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, The Almond Picker is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared.

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"A classic Sicilian novel [in its] skeptical view of human goodness and a surprising tenderness for those on the lower, slippery rungs of the social ladder."--Los Angeles Times

"With impressive technical skill, first-time author Hornby introduces a raft of characters [and] a series of mysteries satisfyingly solved in a well-crafted narrative. . . . Surprisingly moving."--The Washington Post

"This is at heart a potboiler, but Alastair McEwen's translation preserves its dark and bitter Italian flavor."--Booklist

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Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo, Italy. She finished her law studies in England, where she now lives and where she is a chairman of the Tribunal of Special Educational Needs. This is her first book.

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The Almond Picker
A Novel
Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
February 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425067
ISBN10: 0312425066
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$18.00
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