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    Susanna Tamaro


Luisito: A Love Story

Author: Susanna Tamaro

Life is a fairy tale, and it deserves a happy ending. Anselma is a retired teacher and lonely widow whose self-esteem has taken a hit from her late husband and estranged children. Her life changes drastically one sultry, summer evening when she finds an abandoned parrot in a dumpster, and impulsively decides to take him home. Anselma’s friendship with her new parrot, Luisito, causes the ice around her heart to melt and long-buried memories to resurface: a lost adolescent friend, the disillusionment of marriage, her love of teaching, and the heartbreaking, abrupt ending of her teaching career. Thanks to Luisito, Anselma rediscovers her will to live. But her joy is short-lived when a malicious neighbor tries to sabotage her newfound happiness.

Publisher: Bompiani
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 99, paperback

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Susanna Tamaro (Trieste, 1957) moved to Rome when she was 19 years old to attend the Experimental Center of Cinematography. After graduating with a degree in film direction, she worked on various television documentaries, and as an assistant to the esteemed Italian director Salvatore Samperi. In 1981, during a month-long stay in a small town on the Austrian-Hungarian border, she wrote her first novel Illmitz, which was refused by over 30 publishers. She was not published until 1989, and her debut novel, Head in the Clouds, won her the Elsa Morante Opera Prima Prize. In 1994, she wrote the bestselling novel Follow Your Heart, which became the most commercially successful Italian book of the century. It sold over 16 million copies in 40 countries, and was adapted into film by Cristina Comencini. She currently lives on a self-sufficient farm in the Umbrian countryside, where she produces honey. In addition to writing, gardening, and practicing martial arts, she devotes her time to various humanitarian projects that assist women and children. In 2000, she founded the Tamaro Foundation, which is funded by donations and her books.
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