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  • The House at the Edge of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Banner
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving hideaway

  • By Daryl on 08-18-16

This book renewed my interest in reading.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-16

After finishing this book, it reminded me of exactly what I have wanted out of a book for so long. A sense of belonging, community, and an environment that is seemingly realistic but also wildly surreal. That's what I found in the book, "The House at the Edge of Night." What I found most refreshing about this book is how it told the story of the people of Castellamare, at times ambiguous but mostly candid and realistic. Whilst describing, in perfect detail, the tales of war, growing pains, and history through the lens of this tiny Italian island for the past century. You become personally invested and immersed in the characters' lives and their struggles. The book was profound, touching, and truly human in its approach and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a poignant novel about the faith that the human experience can affect on a reader.

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