The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner


One of the books I’ve listened to recently was The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner.  The book was narrated by Edoardo Ballarini who may be my new favorite narrator.  He also narrated the audio version of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  This delightful book is a family saga covering over 90 years of the Esposito family living on a small enchanting island off the coast of Sicily.  The story begins before World War I with Amedeo  Esposito, who is an orphan who eventually becomes a doctor.  He has trouble finding a job as a doctor, however, and eventually finds one on the small, isolated island of Castellamara.  He marries a local girl named Pina whom he loves, but he also gets caught up in an affair with the Count’s wife. Both women end up giving birth to his children on the same night.  After he is exposed for the affair, he loses his job as a doctor, but because he has fallen in love with the island,  he manages to stay there by purchasing the bar in town called House at the Edge of Night.  The story follows Amedeo and his children and heirs up until just after the crash of 2008. This book will transport you to another time and place and is full of rich well-developed characters and a charming story with romance, family conflict, resilient people, a strong sense of community, and charming island folklore.  It was a story that I didn’t want to end.