Aan het begin van de twintigste eeuw groeit Maria op op Sicilië. Haar ouders zijn liberaal en voeden Maria op tot een onafhankelijke persoonlijkheid. Maar als de rijke, veel oudere Pietro Sala om Maria’s hand vraagt, zegt ze ja – uit een mengeling van nieuwsgierigheid en rede.

Maar als Pietro in zijn gokverslaving vervalt, realiseert Maria dat haar hart bij Giosuè ligt, die ze al jaren
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Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Hilda Schraa
Original language
Original title
Caffè amaro
Amsterdam: Signatuur, 2022
383 p.
9789056727147 (paperback)

About Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Simonetta Agnello Hornby is an Italian novelist and food writer. Her novels are international bestsellers, translated in more than twenty languages.


Born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1945, Simonetta Agnello Hornby has spent most of her adult life in England where she worked as a solicitor for a community legal aid firm specialized in domestic violence that she co-founded in 1979. She has been lecturing for many years, and was a part-time judge at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal for eight years.

Her debut novel La Mennulara (The Almond Picker) was published in Italy in 2002 by Feltrinelli, and was awarded the Forte Village Literary Prize, The Stresa Prize for Fiction, and the "Alassio 100 Libri - An Author for Europe" Prize in 2003. Translated into more than ten languages, it became an international bestseller.

In the following decade, Simonetta Agnello Hornby wrote six more novels…Read more on Wikipedia