Valdinato, 1943

Valdinato, 1943

by David Andrew Westwood

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Overview

The story begins in New York, but since the central character, Ennio, an Italian-American pastry chef, decides he should sign up, the action soon moves to the invasion of Italy. He becomes a cook with a company moving north from Naples, village by village, toward Rome. Meanwhile Lucia is working the family farm in the Liri Valley below the Abbey of Monte Cassino. Ennio and his friends are stopped short by the Germans at their Gustav Line, of which the Abbey forms a crucial part. Lucia�s farm is bombed, and she and Ennio are soon involved personally in one of the worst battles of WWII.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013792661
Publisher: davidandrewwestwood.com
Publication date: 12/24/2011
Series: The World War Two Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 333 KB

About the Author

Each novel in my World War Two Series is set during a different year. They are not connected; their commonality being ordinary people whose lives and destinies are distorted by war. Each takes place in a fictional town, itself a character, and each has an underlying theme: one art, one sport, one music, one food. The theme of the last is, appropriately, writing itself. They're fast-paced, evocative and historically grounded in the very real events that characterized each year of the global conflict.

I'm the son and nephew of Royal Air Force men, and while I grew up some time after the war, I was still surrounded by its physical and psychic debris. The lives of my extended family members had been altered forever by its ravages, as had my home of East London. We played in bombsites, my friends and I, and spouted war jargon in our games.

Given this background, it's hardly surprising that when I turned to writing novels, I turned to the war. I write now about fictional people, young and with their lives ahead of them, and how the onset of war distorts their destinies. I've found that it doesn't matter if a story is set by the Somme or in Afghanistan, war is war. Wherever it takes place, whatever it's called, it raises the same uncomfortable moral quandaries, maims both young and old, civilian and soldier, and allows both the worst and the best of us to surface.

I've just begun a World War One series, and the first will be published later in 2013.

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Valdinato 1943 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Carshalton More than 1 year ago
A New Yorker pastry chef signs up, and next thing he knows he's traveling north from Naples to one of the most appalling wastes of lives and historic architecture the world has seen. On the way, he comes across a bombed-out Italian family and becomes involved with them too, with disastrous but heroic results. I loved the detail in this story, and depth to which Westwood gets into the skins of his characters.