Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Incident at Montebello” as Want to Read:
The Incident at Montebello
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Incident at Montebello

by
4.24  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Incident at Montebello is a historical novel based on a true event— In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. The Buonomano family is torn apart by Sofia’s death and is caught in a political firestorm that spreads from their village ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Create Space (first published December 5th 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Incident at Montebello, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Incident at Montebello

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.24  · 
Rating details
 ·  29 ratings  ·  8 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Incident at Montebello
P.A.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This debut historical novel by author P.A. Moed is based on a true event— In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. The Buonomano family is torn apart by Sofia’s death and is caught in a political firestorm that spreads from their village to Rome and across America and Europe. One family member, 16-year-old Isolina, witnesses the accident and recognizes Mussol ...more
Leslie Tall Manning
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When a little girl is allegedly killed by Benito Mussolini’s speeding automobile, a small Italian town is shaken to its core. From a newly married couple, to a Jewish prisoner, to a machismo wife-hitting husband, the reader is rapidly drawn into a complex web of deceit, fear, guilt, and Il Duce devotion.

In Giuseppe Tornatore style (writer/director of Cinema Paradiso), The Incident at Montebello is set against the backdrop of fascism and the ever-present volcano Vesuvius. But this book is not on
...more
Shirley
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Based on true story from Italy, Mussolini driving car with American Vanderbilt as a passenger hit and killed a young child. Story of this tragedy and its effect on the small village as well as the intrigue of neighbors self preservation as World War II loomed on the horizon.
Rosanne
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
My book club read this for our November selection and universally found it to be quite boring. The story was flat and uninspired and each of us had to force ourselves to finish this novel. It seems to have been self-published and that was quite the "aha moment" for all of us.
Mary Kay
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the sad love story, learning about life in Italy. Since I speak a little Italian, it was fun to realize how much Italian I know.
Herman Van
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Certainly worthwhile reading. History and fiction nicely interwoven into a story that could be true. One remark however, which is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5, some of the character descriptions of the diverse leading personages are too vague to let them come alive in this reader's imagination .... Think that 'shaping characters' is one of the most difficult tasks of an author. It's comforting to know for Patti Moed that many authors of name and fame struggle with the same. I surely recom ...more
Rebecca Friedman
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the cadence of the book. As the intensity of the plot grew, my breath got more shallow and the sentences felt shortened. I feel the writer was in touch with the viewers emotions towards the characters. Somehow I was able to feel empathy for a character I totally disliked throughout the book. I also loved how the writer wove in history and brought me to a place that I have never been to; however, if I were transported there I would recognize it in an instant. Her descriptions were beautif ...more
Kent District Library
Please join us for a friendly, informal discussion. This month's selection is "The Incident at Montebello" by P.A. Moed. For adults. Discussion will take place at Kent District Library's Nelson Township/Sand Lake branch on September 17, 2019 from 1:30-2:30 pm.
Rikka Filkins bos
rated it liked it
Apr 26, 2013
Tammy
rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2014
Dianne Gorsuch
rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2016
Lynne Spoelhof
rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2019
Alison
rated it liked it
Nov 01, 2013
Pam
rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2013
Sally Wilson
rated it really liked it
Aug 22, 2015
Judi Boyd
rated it liked it
Dec 29, 2013
Nancy Seeley
rated it really liked it
Oct 30, 2017
Jo Sting
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2014
Libby
rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2019
Kathy
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2014
Gail Woolley
rated it liked it
Aug 22, 2014
Brian Goldstein
rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2013
Judy
rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2015
Alene Hopkins
rated it it was amazing
Jan 24, 2017
Robert Tell
rated it it was amazing
Apr 23, 2013
Mojdeh
rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2016
Nancy Rosen
rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2014
Deborah Shumaker
rated it it was amazing
Jan 20, 2013
Sandy Eisele
rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2017
Susan
rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2013
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's a Writer's Relationship to His/Her Characters? 1 2 Feb 17, 2013 08:02AM  
5 followers
P.A. Moed is an award-winning creative artist who has worked as a university professor, writer, textbook editor, photographer, corporate trainer, educational consultant, and instructional designer. Her short stories, photography, poems, and essays have appeared in national newspapers, magazines, and online websites, such as the Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Online Travel, The Washington Post ...more

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our lis...
27 likes · 15 comments