When Enzo shoots an illegal migrant from his bedroom one night, it triggers a series of events that embroil old and young, rich and poor, native and foreign.
His elderly neighbours Ruth, Diana and Marta are three friends who have retired to Tuscany. Ruth’s favourite grandson Olly is about to get married from her idyllic hillside farmhouse; however, the bride, Tania, seems curiously unengaged by anything but vlogging as a social media influencer. Marta, preparing to give the annual music recital sponsored by a Russian oligarch in hiding from Putin, is increasingly unwell, and her grandson, Xan, is full of resentment at the inequalities he encounters. Diana is nursing her husband, Lord Evenlode, who is living with dementia, and looking back over a long and troubled marriage.
Over two weeks in May, all these characters will face challenging choices as they grapple with their own past and with present dangers. For although the Tuscan spring looks as ravishing as a Renaissance painting, the realities of modern life make it harder and harder to believe that there is more that unites us than what keeps us apart.
Brilliant, enthralling, funny and generous, this is an exploration of the indomitable human heart.
There have been some fabulous endorsements for Amanda Craig’s new book, The Three Graces:
‘Hugely entertaining’ Telegraph
‘She’s such a skilful storyteller who vividly dramatises our lives with wit, wisdom and compassion’ BERNARDINE EVARISTO
‘I revelled in The Three Graces – such an intriguing cast, so convincingly presented, and a narrative that continually surprises’ PENELOPE LIVELY
‘A brilliant piece of storytelling… it should be the book everybody’s reading this summer’ ANDREW O’HAGAN
‘Gorgeous and generous… rich with characters and suffused with sunlight’ LISSA EVANS
You can see Amanda Craig at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 10 November – tickets from Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901.