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The Almond Picker : A Novel (original 2002; edition 2006)
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The child of poor farmers, La Mennulara became a maid for a well-to-do local family when she was only a girl; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as this story begins) she is dead.
As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, The Almond Picker assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel. Set in Sicily in the 1960s, a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, The Almond Picker is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared.
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Who really is Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, known as Mennulara, the almond picker? The daughter of poor farmers in western Sicily, she went into service as the maid for a wealthy local family when she was only a girl, and over the years she became the indispensable administrator of their affairs. It was whispered that she was very rich - and now she is dead. Set in Sicily in 1963, The Almond Picker shows us a violent, cruel, and complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, where young and old, rich and poor, men and women, are set against each other.
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