Gabriella's Book of Fire: A Novel
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Gabriella's Book of Fire: A Novel

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At fifteen, Sam Capistrano is a normal Australian teenager. The object of his desire is Gabriella, the Italian-Irish girl next door. Then one day Gabriella disappearsabandoning Sam. Bitter and resentful, Sam moves on with his life: into the shady side of Brisbane. Over the next two decades, Sam and Gabriella will find their lives inextricably, painfully, and passionately l...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 17th 2001 by Hyperion (first published 1999)
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It’s difficult to review this as a single book, because it is split into two very different stories—the first which I enjoyed very much and the second which didn’t quite meet the standards of the first.

The first part of the book follows two teens, both Italian immigrants living with their families in Australia. The boy, Salvatore, is hopelessly in love with his neighbor, Gabriella, a tough but alluring redhead who takes full advantage of the power she has over him. The book is full of rich descr...more
I first read this book six years ago and have revisited it several times since then. The book is brilliantly written and evokes feelings I had no idea I could experience through written word. I have read several of Venero's novels and all are fantastic and paint a very vivid picture. This book contains mystery, adolescent romance and tragedy and the ending is just magnificent. Upon finishing this book, you feel like you have just been punched in the gut, yet want to stand up and ask Armanno to d...more
Karen Dinte
Being set in Brisbane, in places I am very familiar with, made this book even more of a good read for me. I remember those times so well and admire the way that Armanno wove reality bites about people, places and events through his writing making it vividly real.
boeiende roman met een vleugje misdaad, maar zeker niet de thriller waarmee hij wordt aangemerkt!
Couldn't put this book down. Best book I've ever read.
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Venero Armanno, the son of Sicilian migrants, was born in Brisbane. He has travelled and worked throughout the world. In 1995, 1997 and 1999 he lived and wrote in the Cité International des Arts, Paris. He is the author of Jumping at the Moon, a book of short stories (equal runner-up in the prestigious Steele Rudd Award) and eight novels, including The Volcano, which won the Queensland Premier's L...more
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