A new series of book presentations and literary encounters has started at Bagni di Lucca’s Shelley House run by Luca and Rebecca. ‘Madri a rendere’ (‘Yielding mothers’) is Beatrice Tauro’s first novel and publication with Cinquemarzo, Luca and Rebecca’s publishing house. The novel tells the story of four women who were friends at university but subsequently lost sight of each other. They find themselves again after ten years and spend a weekend together. During this time memories and regrets are brought up and the four women compare and contrast each other’s’ lives. What is common to the quartet is that each one has made profound decisions which challenge contemporary social stereotypes.
It would be labelling to call ‘Madri a Rendere’ a feminist novel since the term itself is passé and relates to a previous phase in the evolution of female identity but it certainly focuses on essential women’s topics. The chapter headings: ‘Anna, psychology and solitude’, ‘Cecilia, chaos and maternity’, ’Francesca wealth and unhappiness’, Helen Ego and instinct’, give some indication of the topics discussed in the hundred pages of this brief but equally condensed work.
Beatrice Tauro was born in the heart of Abruzzo but, aged nineteen, moved to Rome. She loves travel and cross-cultural encounters. What’s particularly interesting for me is that Beatrice keeps a blog called ‘con altre parole’ (in other words’) where she talks about the Arab and Islamic world through the words of western writers. You can find out more on this aspect of the author’s interest by visiting http://arabpress.eu/author/beatrice-tauro/. There’s also a facebook page on the book at https://www.facebook.com/madriarendere/
(Beatrice Tauro (left) in conversation with Rebecca Palagi at Shelley House, Bagni di Lucca)
There are further valuable literary encounters planned at Shelley House. Here is the programme for this year so far: