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Summary

The English-language debut of the acclaimed international bestseller - Anywhere but Home crosses continents, cultures, and generations to tell a sweeping story of self-discovery, finding your own place in a new world, and the revelatory mysteries of being a family.

Milan, 2014. Julia, a young and brilliant German designer, is about to launch the fashion show that could bring the breakthrough success she has sacrificed so much to achieve. All her dreams for the future are on the brink of reality - until an unknown past comes to find her. A grandfather she never knew existed approaches her with an astonishing claim. Julia’s father, believed dead for decades, is still alive. As a great lie is revealed, Julia embarks on a journey to uncover the lost pieces of her past. It takes her on a tour through Italy - from Milan to Naples to Sicily, back three generations to an immigrant heritage that struggled to build new roots in Germany after the war, and to secrets that have remained hidden for sixty years. 

Milan, 1954. Vincent, a handsome German engineer for BMW, arrives with the task of testing the Isetta, a revolutionary Italian car. His interpreter is the talented and enigmatic Giulietta, and the two soon fall passionately in love. Giulietta is full of life and dreams - she loves to design and sew clothes - but is held back by her family, who emigrated from Sicily, and by a promise that already binds her to another man. She will find herself forced to choose between love and duty, freedom and tradition - it is a choice that will mark the fate of generations to come. 

A saga of love and loss between two people and two countries, Anywhere but Home is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of forging new lives across foreign landscapes and cultures, of old wounds and forgiveness, and of the enduring bonds of family.

©2016 by S. Fischer Verlag GmbH. Translation copyright © 2020 by Jaime McGill. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

"[A] sweeping family saga…Vivid descriptions of each country, wine, and luscious food add a light touch. Narrators Angela Dawe and Will Damron are sublime with text and dialog. They both present genuine accents, convey believable emotions. Library Journal 

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a great read

wonderful to have the background of two countries, two cultures to give colour to the story.The characters all have substance, some you love, some you hate. The importance of forgiveness shines through here.

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  • 27-01-21

Bravo 👏🏼

If I could give more stars then I would. Don’t hesitate to get this one. I love the time travel and the mystery this book holds. I didn’t want to stop listening, the narration was superb. I HIGHLY recommend this novel

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 30-12-21

A very complex story of family

At first it seemed to go too slow and was very hard to follow. But then the connections became clear and each character had a purpose. i enjoyed this story

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  • WiseOldOwl
  • 15-09-21

long story of families!

liked the gist of the story and the back stories but got a little lost and could not keep the characters straight so rewound a few times. the narration was relaxing, sometimes a little much that my mind wandered off!

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  • Sassy
  • 16-05-21

Emotional rollercoaster ride

I didn't want to put this story down. I t was thought provoking, bitter sweet

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  • Lucia Garza
  • 28-03-21

Post war Germany

I’ve listened to many stories whose settings were pre WW2, and some that took place during WW 2. This story is post war and dwells on the recovery of the European AXIS powers. It provided lots of information helping me understand our present situation; There is nothing new under the sun.

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  • Bracco
  • 11-01-21

Bravo!

I was swept away to another time and place. The characters were so well developed and captivating. masterful storytelling!

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  • Lisa Evans
  • 06-12-20

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I loved this book!! The readers were great and the story was wonderful!! I would love to listen to more from this author.

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  • Tera
  • 27-10-20

Amazing Book

I loved this book, I listened to the audio version. The story was great and flowed well. It was long enough to build the story and bring a great ending without seeming like it was never going to end. The voices of the characters were perfect too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-10-20

Loved this book

The story, the history, everything! Could hardly wait to finish, yet didn't want it to end. The audio version was exceptional.

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  • Olivia Zen
  • 16-10-20

Wow, a new favorite

just a phenomenal story, couldn't stop listening! excellent narration. 15 word minimum review, why ?