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This book's premise really drew me in. I thought it would be a very interesting historical fiction book but in the end it ended up being very bland. It starts with a boy who is sent to Northern Italy by his mother to stay with strangers for the winter. He falls in love with his foster family in Northern Italy and when he goes home, his old world falls short of his new one. He runs away to his foster parents who raise him. When the protagonist is well into his fifties his mother passes away. Amerigo, goes back to his home town and tries to come to terms with the guilt of having left his mother behind to find a better life for himself.
This book is translated from Italian so there are a few phrases that don't seem natural but it doesn't necessarily take away from the story. The voice of the author is very clear and the story flows really well. Its just that the whole thing felt a bit anticlimactic.