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An epic, inspiring novel about one woman's survival in the hardscrabble Italian countryside and her determination to protect her family throughout the Second World War. As her children grow up and her marriage endures hardships, Maria holds her family together with resilience, love, and faith -- until she makes a fateful decision that will change the course of all their lives. The Madonna of the Mountains is a poignant look at the span of one woman's life as the rules change and her world becomes unrecognizable.
Elise Valmorbida is the author of the novels Matilde Waltzing, The TV President, and The Winding Stick, as well as The Book of Happy Endings. She is also a designer and an award-winning producer and script consultant. She grew up Italian in Australia, but now lives in London.