Her Side of the Story

Alba de Cespedes     Recommended by Staff    

Looking back over her life, Alessandra Corteggiani recalls her youth during the rise of fascism in 1930s Rome. A sensitive child, she was always alert to the loneliness and dissatisfaction of her mother and the other women in their crowded apartment block. Observing how their lives were weighed down by housework and the longing for romance, she became determined to seek another future for herself. This conviction will lead her to rebel against the expectations of her family, rail against the unjust treatment of women and seek to build a life with an anti-fascist professor. As her independence grows, so too does resistance against it – even from those closest to her.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the partisan struggle in the Second World War, Her Side of the Story is a profound, devastating story of one woman’s determination to carve her own path.

 A captivating feminist classic about a woman’s struggle for independence in fascist Italy, from the author of Forbidden Notebook – with an afterword by Elena Ferrante.

 ‘Reading Alba de Cespedes was, for me, like breaking into an unknown universe: social class, feelings, atmosphere…’

Annie Ernaux

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