Publication Date: 19/09/2019 ISBN: 9781782274674 Category:

Soul of the Border

Matteo Righetto, Howard Curtis

Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 19/09/2019 ISBN: 9781782274674 Category:
Paperback / Softback



Mr B's review

Almost fable-like in its style, this is a beautiful tale of gritty determination and resilience in the Italian alps in the late C19. A struggling family of tobacco farmers turns to smuggling across the Austrian border to avoid starvation. When Augusto fails to return, it is down to his teenage daughter Jole to risk the perilous journey across the craggy landscape to provide for her family and to discover what became of her missing father. – Juliette at Mr. B’s


‘Harrowing, suspenseful and convincing . . . beautiful’ Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

‘Poignant . . . haunting and altoether memorable’ Booklist

A story of revenge and salvation

Two years ago, Augusto De Boer embarked on his annual journey through the Italian Alps, attempting to smuggle his family’s tobacco crop across the border to Austria. He never returned.

Now Augusto’s daughter Jole must retrace her father’s steps alone, navigating the perilous crags and valleys surrounding the border to discover the truth about her father’s disappearance.

Soul of the Border is a ferocious tale of revenge, salvation, and an exhilarating journey into the wild.

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