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Elise Valmorbida Elise Valmorbida i(A30044 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Italian
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2 1 y separately published work icon The Madonna of the Mountains Elise Valmorbida , London : Faber , 2018 15359403 2018 single work novel historical fiction


'Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.

'Her father has gone to find her a husband. He’s taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine – no need to take water – the world is full of water.

'There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria’s years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He’ll be looking for a woman who can do the work.

'Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contrà says that.

'And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.

'In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l’arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Winding Stick Elise Valmorbida , Scotland : Two Ravens Press , 2009 15360787 2009 single work novel
1 y separately published work icon The TV President Elise Valmorbida , London : CB Editions , 2008 15360741 2008 single work novel
1 y separately published work icon The Book of Happy Endings : True Stories About Finding Love Elise Valmorbida , London : Cyan , 2007 Z1495239 2007 selected work short story

'This is a collection of life-affirming stories about couples who met and fell in love. So you know the endings already. Or do you? there is nothing predictable here. The storytelling is inspired, at once poetic and real. The style is deceptively simple and the themes are international. Love is old and young. Love breaks through borders.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 9 y separately published work icon Matilde Waltzing Elise Valmorbida , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z426678 1997 single work novel