Foreword Reviews

The Girl Who Said No

A Search in Sicily

2019 INDIES Winner
Honorable Mention, Travel (Adult Nonfiction)

18-year-old Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first “#metoo” heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly refused to marry the rapist to “restore her broken honor.” Viola’s remarkable story unfolds when the author arrives in Palermo to search for this brave heroine. Whatever had become of this courageous girl who had overturned an ancient, entrenched tradition?