Oprah time: The Sacco Gang by Andrea Camilleri

The Sacco Gang is an easy to read dramatisation of a true story about a family in Sicily during the rise of fascism. Andrea Camilleri is better known as the author of the Montalbano series of crime novels. With The Sacco Gang Camilleri takes the original source material about the Sacco family and then filled in the spaces to provide clarity to the narrative.

The Sacco’s were a family on the rise in Sicily through hard work and good luck  managed to move above the hand-to-mouth existence of indentured farm labourers.  The family’s sense of natural justice meant that they were not going to give into the mafia’s attempt to ‘tax’ the family back into poverty. Their socialist leanings meant that the family also became targets for the fascist government, even as they crushed the Sicilian mafia.

Camilleri wraps this all up in a small very easy-to-read novelette.