Kathryn Bromwich's masterful debut novel is a rich, gorgeously descriptive account of a woman hiding from old ghosts and new in the Italian Alps, while rekindling her own sense of self through nature.
Laura lives alone in a cabin deep within the forest, making her living translating medical documents and tutoring the children of affluent locals. She spends her days climbing the mountains outside her door and roaming the woods, and soon begins a relationship with a waiter some years her junior, which brings new rhythms to her life. But late one night there is a knock on the door, and on the other side stands someone from her past who has finally found her.
As the mystery surrounding why she is there comes into focus, Laura is plagued by a fever, and starts to experience flashbacks to her youth, along with an eerie second sight that seems to lift the veil on reality while making astonishing new connections with the natural world around her. In beguiling, lyrical prose we begin to see how Laura's past informs her present and is a shackle she is desperately trying to shed. Before long though the villagers grow wary of the woman in the cabin and of her increasingly odd behavior, and a few decide to take matters into their own hands; to free themselves from the malevolent forces of the strega who lives amongst them.
Gemma Dawson is a classically trained British actress born and raised in London, England. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and went on to become one of their prestigious company members. She has remained in NYC, where she now works as an actress and voice-over artist. Gemma has acted on stage Off-Broadway as well as back home in the UK. She has lent her voice to documentaries, television shows, commercials, and major motion pictures. She has narrated over sixty audiobooks and approaches a title in the same way she would any stage role, with the objective of bringing the story and characters to life with authenticity, accuracy, and imagination.