Early One Morning

by Virginia Baily

Two women’s decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years.Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family.Claiming the woman’s son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands hisreturn;

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.47 out of 5
  • Published September 29th 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
  • Original Title: Early One Morning
  • ISBN: 031630039X (ISBN13: 9780316300391)

Two women’s decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years.Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family.Claiming the woman’s son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead, and now a child in her charge.Several decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained woman working as a translator. Always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, whose absence and the havoc he wrought on Chiara’s world haunt her. Then she receives a phone call from a teenager claiming to be his daughter, and Chiara knows it is time to face up to the past.