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I Stole the Rain
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A trio of unforgettable stories from the superstitious Italian province of Campania In Campania fizzy drinks are delivered by cart, old women sell gold to a furtive clientele, and the tobacconist's daughter is a prize beyond imagining. In the first tale, "I am Super Legend," a local team of beer-swilling, smoking, perennial losers is dragged toward the dubiously prestigious championship by the coach's son, who becomes cursed by his nickname, Super Legend. In "Look at Me," a motherless boy tries to help his father's best friend, the mute Cesare, who has fallen in love with their housekeeper Silvia. And in "The Child Comes Home," a young boy disappears, and his mother - after losing everything and being forced to take up her grandmother's questionably legal profession - is consoled by her bickering sisters-in-law and her undying wish to hear her son's knock on the front door... A sublime mixture of humour and pathos, and brimming with colourful characters, I Stole the Rain is a delightful collection from one of Italy's pre-eminent storytellers.
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