By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella
Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has an extended held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the loss of life, easing their agony and occasionally finishing it, she is respected and feared in equivalent degree because the village's Accabadora. while Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth baby of a widow, she attempts to defend the woman from the reality approximately her position as an angel of mercy. Moved via the pleas of a tender guy crippled in an twist of fate, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and within the recriminations that keep on with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the massive urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and popularity, yet her efforts are overshadowed by way of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to someday be hers.
Accabadora has been offered seven significant literary prizes, together with Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello.