Alessia Gazzola
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La Costanza è un'eccezione
La costanza è un’eccezione

From the creator of The Pupil a new, sweeping adventure for Costanza Macallè and a mystery to solve dating back to late 17th-century Venice.

“Alessia Gazzola reconfirms herself adept at keeping up with the times, light but never banal or cloying, always ironic and capable of constructing compelling and entertaining plots, as well as characterizing protagonists very close to many young women of today: in a mix of precariousness and imperfection, they never lose their determination to move forward, toward the new troubles that await them. – Maura Pruneri for Maremosso

Let’s take stock. Constance, after graduating from medical school, was forced to leave her beloved and bright Sicily and move to the cold and melancholy North. Keeping hearts warm, however, is Marco, the enchanting father of her lovely Flora whom Costy, not without some uncertainty, has decided to bring into her daughter’s life. After various tribulations, Marco has practically left his historical (and decidedly perfect) fiancée at the altar. Costy (albeit definitely imperfect) believed that he did it for her, but she is no longer so sure considering that Marco is stalling and behaving rather ambiguously. As always, however, there is no room for reflection in Costanza’s life: she is a working and precarious mother who is currently convincing herself that she has made the right choice by deciding to leave the Institute of Paleopathology in Verona for a job as an anatomist in Venice. As if the situation were not complicated enough, former colleagues call her back for a lavishly compensated assignment: the last descendant of an ancient Venetian family, the Almazàn, wishes to uncover the tombs of her ancestors to find out what is true about the slanderous rumors that have cloaked the lineage in mystery for centuries. Constance would not like to agree, but this dark-colored story tickles her curiosity-and then she discovers that Marco is also involved in the operation. May the construction site represent a golden opportunity to find a work-life balance? Or, to put it better: that the construction site may represent a golden opportunity to try to understand what is really between her and Marco? With courage, determination and much, much perseverance, this red-haired heroine will face new challenges, unravel ancient plots while trying to understand her heart.