Not in Our Hands by Charlotte Gringras

  • File Size:?646 KB
  • Print Length:?256 pages
  • Publisher:?Tollington Press (February 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date:?February 10, 2015
  • Sold by:?Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language:?English


A feast of Italian food, forbidden fruit, and hidden history. In an idyllic town in the Umbrian hills, young Jake Taylor is studying Italian and hoping to take control of his life. As he makes new friends and soaks up the language, scenery, and cuisine, Jake is about to learn a lot more than he bargained for. From violence on the football terraces to the secret past of Tuscan Jews, Jake’s journey of discovery takes many turns. The trickiest challenge comes when he falls in love with the wrong girl. Not in Our Hands is an engaging coming-of-age tale for anyone who remembers being twenty-two. Previously seen as a boy of twelve in Charlotte Gringras’s first novel, The Purple Rose, Jake is now all grown up but not quite ready to cut the ties to home. // “One of the joys of the latest book is the sense we get of the lovely Umbrian scenery and Italian food… It’s a great book; I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.” – Jeff Lewis, Jewish Hour, Salford City Radio