This is the English version of Orazio Longo's first book 'Neanche a dirlo, era bellissima", a short-stories book quite unusual and original in terms of setting, style and language.
This is the work of a young Sicilian writer whose arriving in the deep North happened by chance but the consequent long staying was quite on purpose.
His book deals about both real and fictitious facts which took place and characters who actually live in Sicily as well as in remote mountain villages in the middle of the Dolomites, at the extreme north-eastern Italian-Austrian border.
The author took inspiration from the oddity and enchantment due to the environment and people he happened to meet and whom he's been told about, mixing reality, fantasy and surreal elements drowning quite a peculiar and entertaining picture.
As a result, fourteen tales full of humanity and humour, simplicity and harshness of the mountain life and last but not least, Love - of course - which the title "Needless to Say, She Was Beautiful" refers to.