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January 5, 2016

Adriana is just a child of eight when she first meets Luca in Naples, Italy. His father rescues Adriana from her brutal step-father, and she goes to live with his family. 

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I can hear him coming up the stairs, his boots making a loud noise on the bare wooden surface, and I tremble with fear.  I wish I could wake Mamma up.  She has been sleeping for such a long time.  I must find a place to hide.  He must not catch me, especially if he has been drinking.  Mamma always intervenes when he tries to hit me or, worse, when he tries to fondle me.  But Mamma won’t wake up and I don’t know who is going to protect me now.  I crouch down behind the...

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