129 x 198 x 17mm
A remarkable and brilliant account of the unknown hill towns and villages of Sicily.
Intrigued by her grandmother's comment that "there's nothing there" at her former home in Sicily, even though so many of her family talked about the island so longingly, Theresa Maggio vowed that she would go there herself. Her first visit, in 1973, stirred a lifelong passion for a beautiful island where almonds grow like weeds and the water tastes of stone.
Using the ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her base, she explored Sicily's most remote mountain settlements, where religious processions that consume entire villages for days on end still survive and the scars of an earthquake from years before have yet to heal. Whether writing about ancient traditions or delicious street food, she transports the reader to a wholly unfamiliar world as she enters the heart and heads of the Sicilians.
'The Stone Boudoir' is a remarkable account of a vanishing way of life, told in a stark but evocative manner by someone seeking to understand what could have been her own culture. It is both a personal quest and vivid journey through one of the most spectacular regions of Europe that will captivate all who read it.