The Italian Quarter by Domenica  De Rosa
(Headline Review, 2004)

The Italian Quarter

by Domenica De Rosa

The Di Napolis may have been raised in England, but their souls are Italian…

Charismatic, irascible and defiantly Italian, Cesare presides over his large family much like his Roman namesake. But when a journalist begins asking questions about his allegiances during the war, Sophie realises how little she really knows her adored grandfather. She embarks with him on a journey of discovery through turn of the century Naples, 1920s Clerkenwell and the war years, in the course of which she learns something else: whom it is that she really loves.

Awards

  • Pendleton May First Novel Award (Shortlisted)

Reviews

A larger-than-life story centred on a British Italian family. A wonderful depiction of a noisy ebullient clan. ”
- Sue Baker, Publishing News
A charming tale of family secrets, lost trust and learning to forgive. ”
- Good Book Guide
A fascinating story vividly told, this is a classic page-turner ”
- Italia magazine
A fascinating account of Italian life, written with skill and insight. ”
- Katie Fforde
de Rosa explores one of the war’s forgotten histories and movingly evokes the immigrant experience of thirties London. ”
- Brighton Evening Argus
For anyone who loved Lucia, Lucia, or who comes from a large family or has loved Italy, Domenica de Rosa’s debut novel is a warm and satisfying story of Italian immigrants to London…a heart-warming tale of family and loyalty, of learning to accept and of love found in the most unexpected places. ”
- The Book Club of Ireland
The memories of Cesare’s childhood interwoven with Sophie’s attempts to control her love life, together with the feel of the large Italian family with their exuberance, closeness and arguments, all combine for an undemanding and enjoyable read. ”
- Paperback Directory
A larger-than-life story centred on a British Italian family.A wonderful depiction of a noisy and ebullient clan...A first novel, and definitly one to watch out for.”
- Publishing News
A charming tale of family secrets, lost trust, and learning to forgive. ”
- Good Book Guide
This is a tale of love, of family ties and division, of displacement and of political struggle against the backdrop of WWII…A fascinating story vividly told, this is a classic page-turner.”
- Italia