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A mesmerizing story of three generations of a twentieth-century Italian family.
Casa Rossaa farmhouse in Puglia owned by the Strada familyis being sold. And as she packs up the house, Alina Strada pieces together the history of her familys past, and of the lives of three extraordinary Strada women.
Grandmother Rene, a beautiful Tunisian, is wife, muse, and model for Alinas painter grandfather, but she leaves him and flees to Nazi Germany. Alinas mother, Alba, marries a melancholic screenwriter and lives la dolce vita in 1950s Rome until her husbands mysterious death. Isabella, Alinas sister and once her best friend, finds herself drawn to a dangerous ideology in the 1970s; the sisters love for one another soon shifts to a betrayal of which they can never speak. As these individual lives unfold, so does the larger onethe story of a family whose secrets collide with history.
From the duplicity of Italys role in the thirties to the dark years of terrorism in our own times, and moving from Rome and Southern Italy to New England and New York City, Casa Rossa is a brilliant weave of lives and memories: an enthralling novel.