Friday, November 19, 2010
Lives of the Saints - Nino Ricci
Lives of the Saints
20th Anniversary Edition
illustrated by Tony Urquhart
Cormorant Books is thrilled to announce the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Governor
General’s Literary Award-winning novel Lives of the Saints. This hardcover commemorative edition features an introduction by Steven Hayward, paintings by renowned Canadian artist Tony Urquhart, and chapters not included in the original story. Nino Ricci also offers a brand new afterword examining the novel’s place in his own life and work.
Since its publication in 1990, Lives of the Saints has garnered ardent critical acclaim and become a Canadian classic. In addition to winning the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 1990, the novel spent 75 weeks on The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and won the Smithbooks/Books In Canada First Novel Award and the Bressani Prize. The novel has been published in 14 countries and interpreted into a four-hour mini-series starring Sophia Loren.
Lives of the Saints is set is the fictional Italian town of Valle De Sole, in which six-year-old Vittorio Innocente’s life is transformed when his mother is bitten on the ankle by a snake. Though she survives the venom, she suffers a strange swelling and the disdain of the scandalized villagers.The mysterious thing taking shape in Vittorio’s mother’s
belly could change everything.
Nino Ricci is the author of the Lives of the Saints trilogy, which includes the novels Lives of the Saints, In a Glass House, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Where She
has Gone. He is also the author of Testament (2002), winner of the Trillium Prize, and The Origin of Species (2008), winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction.
Nino Ricci lives in Toronto with his wife Erika de Vasconcelos and their children.”
“An extraordinary story.” - The New York Times Book Review
“I cannot praise [Nino Ricci] too highly.” - Timothy Findley
“A gem of a novel.” - The Globe and Mail