Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco

By Alessandro Baricco

An unforgettable delusion concerning the brutality of conflict -- and one girl's quest for revenge and therapeutic, from the writer of the acclaimed foreign bestseller Silk.When -- in an unnamed position and time -- Manuel Roca's enemies hunt him all the way down to kill him, they fail to find Nina, his youngest baby, hidden in a gap underneath his farmhouse flooring. After this carnage Tito, one of many murderers, discovers Nina's trapdoor. Enthralled by means of the sight of Nina's excellent innocence, he retains quiet. by the point she has grown up, Nina's innocence could have bloomed into whatever else altogether, and one after the other the wartime hunters becomes the peacetime hunted. yet now not till a awesome previous lady calls upon a well-recognized outdated guy promoting newspapers on the town do we be aware of what Nina will eventually make of her brutal legacy.

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The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.

Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.

And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.

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