The Florios of Sicily: A Novel (A Lions of Sicily Book #1) (Paperback)

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The Florios of Sicily: A Novel (A Lions of Sicily Book #1) (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the A Lions of Sicily Book series.

The epic saga behind the Disney-produced Hulu Original Series The Lions of Sicily

Based on the true history of the uncrowned kings of Sicily: the story of a family, restless and ambitious, shrewd and determined to be richer and more powerful than anybody else. 

In this grand, sweeping epic inspired by the real lives of history-making titans, international best-selling author Stefania Auci brings to life the dark secrets, the loves and betrayals, and the cruel acts of revenge that marked the Florio family’s century of influence.

The Florios arrive in Sicily, with nothing but the clothes on their back after an earthquake destroys their hometown. Against all odds, the family begins anew despite the looming Napoleonic wars and devastating plagues. But when Vincenzo is spurned by his aristocratic lover, he vows to avenge his honor by becoming the wealthiest man in Italy. Sacrificing love and family, he strives to buy what cannot be his by birth. Not to be outdone by the men, the Florio women unapologetically demand their place outside the restraints of caring mothers, alluring lovers, or wounded wives. Giulia, though only a mistress, is fiercely intelligent and runs the empire from the shadows. Angelina, born a bastard, charts her own future against the wishes of her father.

In this epic yet intimate tale of power, passion, and revenge, the rise and fall of a family taps into the universal desire to become more than who we are born as.

Translated from the Italian by Katherine Gregor

Stefania Auci, a Trapani-born, Palermo-adopted teacher, is author of The Florios of Sicily, a literary sensation that went on to sell over 1,500,000 copies in Italy alone before being published in over 40 countries and forming the basis of The Lions of Sicily, a successful series available on Disney+ and Hulu. 

Product Details ISBN: 9780062931689
ISBN-10: 0062931687
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: A Lions of Sicily Book

“Beautifully written, impossible to put down, the powerful Florios of Sicily are alive on every page. For lovers of historical fiction, Stefania Auci is a blessing, and she has written a family saga you will long remember.” — Peter Golden, author of Nothing Is Forgotten

“When I read it, I knew it was perfect.” — La Repubblica

"Auci focuses a panoramic lens on the Florio family's achievements while never losing sight of the smaller personal details of their (epic) lives."
Kirkus Reviews