The Incomplete Husband
This is a study of loss and exile. Elena marries against the wishes of her family, and she and Ricardo dream of a life elsewhere, away from their small Italian mountain village. Ricardo leaves to find a job in Argentina, but before Elena and their son Marco can join him, his dreams collapse, and he dies back in Paris. His brother Giacomo cares for them, and they move to the Camargue. Despite the success of the pottery there Elena cannot let go of the past, and her misery increases when Marco escapes to a life in Paris.
The author portrays equally well life in the isolated Italian village and the bustle of Paris in the second half of the 20th century. This is not a comfortable book to read; there is so much grief and destructive emotion until the characters finally accept the truth that has been for so long hidden.