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The House of Serenades
by Lina Simoni
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In 1910 Genoa, an Italian port city of divided classes and ancient power struggles, the Berillis are wealthy, powerful, and respected - until the day their darkest secrets begin to surface. Once the police intervene and the gossip grapevine is set in motion, the Berillis' demise is unavoidable. But love lives on, and there's a mandolin player in town who is not giving up on the girl of his dreams. Never underestimate the power of music. The House of Serenades portrays the Italian upper class at the turn of the twentieth century, its habits, and its ways of life, while denouncing the abuse and repression of women (sisters, daughters, wives) that was so common in those years.