Twice Born

Twice Born

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This international bestseller is a sweeping portrait of motherhood, loss, and redemption in war-torn Sarajevo.

Filled with memories of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, Gemma reluctantly boards a flight from her native Rome to that war-scarred city with her sixteen-year-old son, Pietro. She hopes to teach her son about the city of his birth and about Diego, the father he never knew. Once there Gemma is caught between the present and the past, reliving her love affair with Diego, their determination to start a family, and their deep connection to Sarajevo even as the threat of war loomed.

In this haunting and sophisticated novel, Mazzantini masterfully probes the startling emotional territory of what makes a family-particularly what makes a mother. As the fate of Sarajevo converges with Gemma's all-consuming desire to have a child we see how far she is driven, in a stunning revelation that is both heartbreaking and cathartic.

Brought to life by an unforgettable cast of characters, Twice Born is a tale of the acts of brutality and generosity that war can inspire. A blockbuster bestseller in Mazzantini's native Italy, it has taken Europe by storm and will soon be published around the world.
Published: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022687
0670022683
Branch Call Number: F MAZ
Characteristics: 447 p. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 18, 2017

This book started as a "slow read" for me but then suddenly I couldn't put it down. The characters jumped off the pages and pulled me into their story and made me care deeply about them. Gemma and I lived Pietro's story through her eyes and her heart. The ending was both full of surprises and also deeply satisfying. It's been days and I'm still thinking of this book. I hope everyone experiences it.

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