Book Review: “The Inheritance” by Marianne PerrySeptember 20, 2015 at 5:18 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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From the back cover: The Inheritance tells the story of a family disintegrating from conflicting loyalties in Calabria, Italy. Set during the period 1897 to 1913, the region was subject to earthquakes and tsunamis; the land harsh and poverty the norm. Superstition clashed with religion and a class system ruled the people. Calabria is the perfect backdrop for the tragedy that unfolds in The Inheritance.
Caterina is an atypical woman, and The Inheritance chronicles her life from birth to young womanhood. Born with an inheritance of loss into a society that has predetermined what she can and cannot do, she vows to live a life of her choosing. Caterina refuses to allow the limits of her gender, the constraints of her class and the demands imposed by those in power to stand in her way. Caterina remains steadfast in her commitment to become the woman she imagines. Her decisions ignite conflicts and fuel a chain of events that result in dire consequences for all whose path she crosses.
The book is divided into two parts: Part One: 1897-1909 Calabria, Italy and Part Two: Summer 1913 Calabria, Italy. The focus is on two women: Anna, married to Santo, with whom she births three sons, and Caterina, the servant. Not only is this a fascinating study of Italy in the 1900’s it is also a study of women and how they were treated and expected to behave as well as Society and servants. This is a historical novel. There is quite a lot going on within these pages. At times it does feel like a soap opera. Ms. Perry has provided us with characters that live and breathe on these pages and we really get involved with their lives. There is even a bit of a cliffhanger ending. All in all a very interesting read.
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