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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?
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
Betty Trask Prize & Award (UK)
Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction
“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)