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Publisher's Summary

National best seller

A New York Times Best Book

First published 30 years ago, Lives of the Saints moves to Anchor Canada

What really happened to Vittorio's mother that day in the stable? That she'd been bitten by a snake was clear enough: the swelling in the ankle proved it. But that other swelling, the one that led eventually to his mother's long, loose dresses, to those dark, cold stares from the other villagers - what strange thing could be taking shape there in his mother's belly, and what doom would it carry them all to?

©2020 Nico Ricci (P)2020 Anchor Canada

What the critics say

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction

Winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award

Winner of the F. G. Bressani Prize

Winner of the Betty Trask Award

Winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize

France’s Prix Contrepoint for Young Authors

“Moving and compelling.” (The Spectator, UK) 

“There is an inner strength in Nino Ricci’s prose which is apparent on every page...Acutely and sensitively observed.” (The Tablet

“A book to celebrate - a wise, poignant and poised novel.” (The Wall Street Journal)  

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