Veering off course from my usual kind of book genre I read The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years. It difficult for me to read but I still was spellbound by the ebb and flow of this story. A woman writing her dissertation seeks out Lucia and asks her to tell her story. Lucia was born into unfortunate circumstances. She endured physical and emotional abuse, though hard to read at times, it’s worth sticking to the book. Her mother was not pleased with her existence which was made known loud and clear. It’s lengthy but it needed to be to fully express the fantastic history she lives though and the essence of the character. A fantastically written book. The author truly captures the feel of the characters and it translates eloquently to the page.