Pedrara. Sicily of the Iblei mountains. A villa lost under high rock walls between the eye of ancient tombs and the vortictate of water courses caressed by the opulence of oleanders. It is here that the Carpinteri family gathers around the bedside of Zia Anna, slipped into a svagata but having senile dementia. There are really the stones of which the woman boasts in her bed? Where are you hidden? But above all, what is the knot that binds the aunt to the beautiful Bede, a real guardian of the property and ambiguous factotum? Like water in soft limestone the carpinterers dig into the past, they seek in the cabinets, they reveal secrets - they want, in unison, truth never said and riches ever had. Among the shadows of the day and the flares of the night, influences of local notables emerge, trafficking with hidden powers, and above all ungovernable passions. The voices of Mara, Anna's favorite nephew, and Bede guide us within this sinuous maze of relationships, removals, memories, until the boundary of the same death climbs up.
Simonetta Agnello Hornby focuses, with the wisdom of a majestic imagination, a micromondo that seems to be widened, with a thrill, to represent the faults, ambitions and the liberation anxieties of the family universe, all integer.