The Sicilian Wife
The Sicilian Wife is both a literary novel and a mystery. Fulvia, the Mafia Princess, must be a dutiful daughter or the family will be dishonoured. Though she eventually escapes and makes a new life in Canada, she is betrayed and then her husband is murdered on the Sicilian coast. The police Chief investigating the case is Marisa, who faces a station house of skeptical men as well as confronting Fulvia’s uncle, the boss of bosses.
Interweaving folk tales, classical allusions, and recent Italian history with the conventions of the detective story in this powerful new novel, Caterina Edwards uses the literary noir to question the very possibility of justice and free will.
Caterina Edwards has published six books, which have garnered major awards and critical praise. Her first novel, The Lion’s Mouth, was translated into French and Italian, as will her non-fiction book, Finding Rosa. Her radio drama The Great Antonio was chosen to represent Canada in an international radio competition, and a collection of critical essays on her work was the first book published by Guernica Editions in its series on Canadian writers.
Although she has lived most of her life in Alberta, Caterina has consistently spent time in her mother’s homeland of Italy. These long visits have shaped her concerns. She often writes about immigration and identity, the collision of multiple selves and cultures, private memory and public history, here and there. In 2016, Caterina was inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame.