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The Strega Award-winning Italian author's "scalding and incisive" novel of marriage and family bonds that come undone in the wake of an affair (Library Journal, starred review).

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Winner of the 2015 Bridge Prize for Best Novel

Italy, 1970s. Like many marriages, Vanda and Aldo's has been subject to strain, attrition, and the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in their marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. It is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact.
Domenico Starnone's thirteenth work of fiction is a powerful short novel about relationships, family, love, and the ineluctable consequences of one's actions. Known as a consummate stylist and beloved as a talented storyteller, Domenico Starnone is the winner of Italy's most prestigious literary award, the Strega.

"The leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone."--The New York Times

Author: Domenico Starnone
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 03/07/2017
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781609453855

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 12/01/2016 pg. 91
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/2017 pg. 29
Publishers Weekly 01/16/2017
Shelf Awareness 03/24/2017

About the Author
Domenico Starnone is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist. He was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Interpreter of Maladies. Her books include The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, The Lowland, and, most recently, In Other Words, an exploration of language and identity.
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