Lives of the Saints

ISBN: 9781897151358

Price: $20.00

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.50" x 8.50"

Publication Date: Jul 01, 2008

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical
FIC043000 FICTION / Coming of Age

Winner, 1990 Governor General's Literary Award For Fiction
Winner, 1990 W.H.Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Winner, 1990 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Prose
Winner, 1991 Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel
Winner, 1991 Betty Trask Award for Fiction
Shortlisted, 1991 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

“A beautifully paced and measured first novel … an extraordinary story – brooding and ironic, suffused with yearning, tender and lucid and gritty … perfect pitch and brilliant descriptive powers.”
The New York Times

“This is a marvellously told story, unbearably poignant … I can hardly think of a book I have enjoyed more this year.”
The Telegraph

“A gem of a novel, and its author is blessed with the rare ability to recreate a world entire and make us believe in it.”
The Globe and Mail

“It is so lucid, it is dazzling. This seems to me to be literature at its best.”
The Toronto Star

“A wise novel, elegant and compassionate.”
The Ottawa Citizen

“Nino Ricci has achieved a novel of remarkable beauty and unforgettable power … belongs on the shelf reserved for writers such as Chatwin, Ondaatje and Flannery O’Connor. I cannot praise him too highly.”
— Timothy Findley


When young Vittorio Innocente's mother, Cristina, is bitten by a snake during an encounter with a blue-eyed stranger in the family barn, the superstitions and prejudices rampant in their small Italian town immediately roil to the surface. But the worst is yet to come for the independent-minded Cristina. Eight months pregnant and unable to abide her treatment in the village any longer, Cristina books a passage to Canada for herself and Vittorio, although it will not be to join her irascible husband Mario, who sailed there when Vittorio was an infant.

A national bestseller for seventy-five weeks, Lives of the Saints won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Bressani Prize. It is the first novel in the Vittorio Innocente Trilogy.