Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen

Tindal Street Press

ISBN: 9781906994044

At the turn of the last century, the Salierno family make a tough living as farmers in mountainous terrain in southern Italy. Then an earthquake devastates their village, destroying homes and taking lives. Concetta, their fifteen-year-old daughter, is seriously injured and, on waking from a coma, can’t remember anything in the weeks before the disaster. When she discovers she is pregnant, her family marry her off to neighbours who owe a debt of honour.

For her family, this story is over, but for Concetta it is only the beginning. She sets out to discover the identity of her child’s father and solve the mystery of what happened in those hidden weeks before the earthquake.