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The Light in the Ruins: Book summary and reviews of The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins Summary
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.
The Light in the Ruins Reviews
"An exploration of post-WWII Italy doubles as a murder mystery in this well-crafted novel ... an entertaining historical whodunit." - Publishers Weekly
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Rated of 5
Chris Bohjalian Author Biography
Chris Bohjalian and his wife decided to leave New York City in 1986 for
"pastoral" Vermont after a wild and terrifying 45-minute cab ride that
ultimately dropped them at a crack house being stormed by police.
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