Indiana Jones meets Jo March
“If I had to briefly describe this book, I would define it as the outcome of an exciting journey in search of clues from the past, like one of Indiana Jones’s adventures, mixed with the narrative work required to unravel the stories that emerged as I went on, with the passion for writing one might associate with Jo March.
The history of Villa Chiuminatto was basically unknown, and to shed light on it I had to go back in time, from one family of owners to the next, starting from the most recent to the grandchildren of the man who had it built and owned it first, Commander Giacomo Chiuminatto. Dusty archives, old newspaper articles, mysteries to be solved and fragments of stories told by a distant descendant were the main ingredients in my investigation. Like small breadcrumbs, every trace was picked up and recovered from oblivion, allowing me to piece back together the story of this Villa and of every family who lived in it.
In untangling this story, it was crucial to always keep in mind I was writing about the lives of families who really existed; therefore, I tried to report the testimonials I collected with a confidential and respectful tone, so as to allow great grandchildren to feel the tenderness of memories, and readers the pleasure of empathy.”
Eleonora Innocenti Sedili