The acclaimed author of A Train in Winter returns with the final volume in her Resistance Quartetthe powerful and inspiring true story of the women of the partisan resistance who fought against Italys fascist regime during World War II. In the late summer of 1943, when Italy broke with the Germans and joined...
the Allies after suffering catastrophic military losses, an Italian Resistance was born. Four young Piedmontese womenAda, Frida, Silvia and Biancaliving secretly in the mountains surrounding Turin, risked their lives to overthrow Italys authoritarian government.
They were among the thousands of Italians who joined the Partisan effort to help the Allies liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators.
What made this partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of womenlike this brave quartetwho swelled its ranks. The bloody civil war that ensued pitted neighbor against neighbor, and revealed the best and worst in Italian society.
The courage shown by the partisans was exemplary, and eventually bound them together into a coherent fighting force. But the death rattle of Mussolinis two decades of Fascist rulewith its corruption, greed, and anti-Semitism was unrelentingly violent and brutal.
Drawing on a rich cache of previously untranslated sources, prize-winning historian Caroline Moorehead illuminates the experiences of Ada, Frida, Silvia, and Bianca to tell the little-known story of the women of the Italian partisan movement fighting for freedom against fascism in all its forms, while Europe collapsed in smoldering ruins around them.