Lia Levi: The Jewish Husband

(Fiction, 176 pp. Italian, 2001, English translation, 2009)

Set in 1930s fascist Rome, this epistolary novel follows the relationship of Catholic Sonia and her suitor Dino, who has concealed that he is Jewish.  Once his identity is discovered, Dino enters into a compromise with Sonia’s father, effectively denying his heritage in order to secure her hand.  The consequences of this bargain escalate for the couple, their extended families, and their young son as the Fascist regime imposes increasingly restrictive laws on Italian Jews.