Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company, acquired the rights to the bestselling novel La Portalettere by Francesca Giannone
published by Casa Editrice Nord – Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol.
The novel is to date the bestselling debut in Italy in 2023, a stable publishing case in the top ten bestselling books in Italy since its release and is already in its 11th edition.
The book tells the story of Anna, a woman who wanted to live her life without constraints. We are in the 1930s until the 1950s, the story is that of the Greco family and Lizzanello and the postwoman Anna between the world war and feminist instances, and it is the story of two inseparable brothers, destined to love the same woman.
Francesca Giannone was born in Apulia and graduated in Communication Sciences and studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. After moving to Bologna, she took care of cataloguing the thirty thousand volumes of the Luigi Bernardi Association and attended the two-year writing course of the Bottega di Narrazione ‘Finzioni’. She has published several short stories in literary magazines, both in print and online.
Salento, June 1934. In Lizzanello, a small town of a few thousand souls, a bus stops in the main square. A couple gets off: he, Carlo, is a son of the South, and is happy to be back home; she, Anna, his wife, is beautiful like a Greek statue, but sad and worried: what life awaits her in that unknown land?
Even thirty years after that day, Anna will remain for everyone ‘the stranger’, the one who came from the North, the one who is different, who does not go to church, who always says what she thinks. And Anna, proud and angular, will never bend to the unwritten laws that imprison women from the South. She will also succeed thanks to the love that binds her to her husband, a love whose strength will be painfully clear to Carlo’s older brother Antonio, who fell in love with Anna the instant he saw her.
Then, in 1935, Anna did something truly revolutionary: she entered a postal competition, won it and became Lizzanello’s first postmistress. The news turns women’s noses up at her and elicits giggles of derision from men. ‘It won’t last,’ someone maligns.
Instead, for over twenty years, Anna will become the invisible thread that unites the inhabitants of the village. First on foot and then by bicycle, she will deliver letters from boys at the front, postcards from emigrants, missives from secret lovers. Without meaning to – but above all without the village wanting her to – the postmistress will change many things in Lizzanello.
Translated with translator
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