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Publisher's Summary

Two strangers - generations and oceans apart - have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that attach us.

In a small Northern Italian village, nine-year-old Luca Taviano catches a stubborn cold and is subsequently diagnosed with leukemia. His only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. After an exhaustive search, a match turns up three thousand miles away in the form of a most unlikely donor: Joseph Neiman, a rabbi in Brooklyn, New York, who is suffering from a debilitating crisis of faith. As Luca’s young nurse, Nina Vocelli, risks her career and races against time to help save the spirited redheaded boy, she uncovers terrible secrets from World War II - secrets that reveal how a Catholic child could have Jewish genes. 

Can inheritance be transcended by accidents of love? That is the question at the heart of This Magnificent Dappled Sea, a novel that challenges the idea of identity and celebrates the ties that bind us together.

©2020 David Biro (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A Seamless Melding of Humanism and Science

I loved this book! The characters are alive. Nina (the nurse), Luca (the patient), Joseph (the bone marrow donor) and so many more. The story has many layers -- from the science of bone marrow transplantation, to complex family relationships in Italy and Brooklyn. The subplots will resonate with me for some time. I give this the strongest recommendation!

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A different Holocaust story

As much as I enjoyed the story and all the connections, I felt a bit let down at the end. Something is missing from the ending. It left me unsatisfied.

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Started off great

Thoroughly enjoyed 3/4 of the story until the lost of Luca’s grandparents and then the story took off into multiple directions and leaping ahead by multiple years. I kept waiting for the threads of the story to weave into a cohesive conclusion.

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This was a very difficult story to follow. After the "big reveal" at what should have been the vend, the book goes on for another hour... totally unnecessary and annoying.

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This book had me enthralled for the first three quarters but then petered out. The story just sort of faded away with no difinitive ending. I was disappointed as it had started out showing promise of being an outstanding story. Cassandra Campbell was excellent, as always.