The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

By Chris Bohjalian

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of affection, melancholy, and revenge--set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

1943: Tucked away within the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian kin of noble lineage, think that the partitions in their old villa will preserve them secure from the struggle raging throughout Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming within the pool, fiddling with her younger niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate's gardens and olive groves. but if squaddies, a German and an Italian, arrive on the villa asking to work out an old Etruscan burial web site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered. a tender German lieutenant starts off to courtroom Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the property tough hospitality, and what was their sanctuary turns into their prison.

1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police division, has her personal demons. a gorgeous lady, Serafina rigorously hides her scars together with her haunting stories of the struggle. but if she is assigned to a ugly new case--a serial killer focusing on the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the kinfolk one-by-one in chilly blood--Serafina unearths herself digging right into a previous that comprises either the sufferers and her personal tragic history.

Set opposed to an exquisitely rendered Italian nation-state, The mild within the Ruins unveils a wide ranging tale of ethical paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious methods of the center.

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Richard Etheridge and his men were most likely over­ looked because they were African American. In 1995, eighth-grader Katie Burkart wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton. She believed the men deserved a Gold Lifesaving Medal. S. Coast Guard agreed. In 1996, Admiral Kramek awarded gold medals to Richard Etheridge and the crew of Pea Island Station for their brave rescue of the E. S. Newman passengers and crew. It was nearly a hundred years after that stormy night in October 1896. 47 Websites about the E.

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He was thankful that his family was alive. “It’s our job,” said Keeper Etheridge. That was what Sam liked about him. He did not brag. Sam was proud of the surfmen. He was proud of Ginger, too. His little horse had braved the rough waves. Ginger had done what the mules could not. 43 The next day, Captain Gardiner brought the ship’s name plank from the wreck. “My way of thanking you,” he said. ” Sam thought so too. “Sam Deal,” said Keeper Etheridge. ” The surfmen cheered and patted Ginger. Sam felt as tall as a lighthouse.

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