Not all Bastards are from Vienna

Not all Bastards are From Vienna by Andrea Molesini is excellent historical fiction. It takes place in Italy in the final years of WWI at the estate of the Spada family, which has been taken over by a battalion of the retreating Austrian army. It is a record of an obscure part of WWI, as well as a coming of age story. The characters are dignified and terrified all at once under the shadow of war. They are brought to life skillfully by this author.