The Almond Picker

The Almond Picker

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"Excellent, atmospheric...A charming, perceptive tragicomedy" - "The Guardian". In the village of Roccacolomba, Sicily, in 1963, La Mennulara (the woman who gathers almonds) lies dead. For more than forty years, she had been at the heart of the Afallipe family, one of the richest families in Roccacolomba, first as a humble maidservant and then rising to manager of the family estates. Now, at her death, the gossip among the villagers is reaching fever pitch as each character begins to wonder just how La Mennulara managed to amass such a large fortune. Was she stealing from her masters, the greedy Afallipe family, or trying to save them? Will La Mennulara's death reveal her to be a monster or a saint?
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 22mm | 232g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141019093
  • 9780141019093

About Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo, Sicily and has lived in London for thirty years where she works as a lawyer for children with special needs. The Almond Picker is her first novel, was a bestseller in Italy and has been published in twelve languages.
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