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The Light in the Ruins

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian, 1960-

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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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780385534819


Format: Book
Author: Bohjalian, Chris, 1960-
Summary: Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
Title: The light in the ruins : a novel / Chris Bohjalian.
Publisher Date: New York : Doubleday, [2013]
Subject: Murderers -- Fiction Nobility -- Italy -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780385534819 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0385534817 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Bohjalian
Oclc: 824501969
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Bib Id: 441672

Format: Book
Author: Bohjalian, Chris, 1960-
Summary: Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
Title: The light in the ruins : a novel / Chris Bohjalian.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Doubleday, [2013]
Description: 309 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Murderers -- Fiction
Subjects: Nobility -- Italy -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2012046269
ISBN: 9780385534819 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0385534817 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: F Bohjalian