VERMIGLIO O LA SPOSA DI MONTAGNAMaura Delpero
1944. Vermiglio, an Italian mountain village home to the large family of an eccentric local teacher, half rural man, half intellectual. The war is both distant and omnipresent. The teacher's three daughters share a bed - a community within the larger one - and the dreams of girls who are no longer children, but not yet women. The arrival of Pietro, a refugee soldier, ends in marriage for the eldest, Lucia. Three become two. Deprived of their sister, Ada and Livia are split by their father's favouritism, which leaves Ada alone to her desires. But the most surprising fate is reserved for Lucia. At the end of the war, her husband takes a trip to his native Sicily, where a single shot makes widows of two women. Lucia realises that she was just "the mountain bride" - the fatal shot was fired by the other wife, whose existence she was unaware of. Lucia then undertakes a physical and metaphorical journey to face her husband's past, opening her heart to the child their marriage produced.