Publication: August 20, 2024, by Delphinium Books
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“ANIMALS OF THE ALPINE FRONT is immediately engaging, a mesmerizing portrait of war and the tender lives undone by battle. With a sweet and haunting narrative reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson, Zancanella’s novel casts a spell with its graceful rhythms and excellent storytelling, and grants these everyday people a kind of majesty.”

Timothy Schaffert, author of The Perfume Thief and The Titanic Survivors Book Club

“I love novels that dig into the corners of history to tell us stories we need to know.
ANIMALS OF THE ALPINE FRONT does that with breath-taking skill. Don Zancanella writes beautifully, with heart and soul, as he brings the First World War on the Italian border alive with strong, vivid characters searching for mercy and love amid the ugly chaos of war.”


Alyson Hagy, author of Scribe and Ghosts of Wyoming


“I was captivated by the struggles of young American, Carlo, and  Italian,Teresa, to survive and find happiness amid the horrors and chaos of the First World War’s less-explored Italian Front. As Teresa discovers the animal welfare work of an eccentric Englishman, we hope the spark of humanity may light their future in this riveting tale.”

Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club

Inspired by true events in the Italians Alps during World War One, ANIMALS OF THE ALPINE FRONT tells the story of an Italian girl trapped in the fortress city of Trento, an American boy pressed into service in the Austrian army, and the founding of Italy’s first animal welfare organization.