Leave it to Europa to always give us the best in Italian lit. To those recovering from Ferrante Fever, Donatella di Pietrantonio is your girl. Flashbacks, familial tension, sun-soaked days at the beach, everything I love in a tense little novella. Always unique and surprising, I was enthralled the whole way through.
A NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF 2022From the internationally acclaimed author of A Girl Returned, a spellbinding story about family, memory, love, and the relationships that define us.
FINALIST FOR THE 2021 STREGA PRIZE
It's the darkest time of night. Adriana, a baby in her arms, hammers on her sister's door. Who is she running from? What uncomfortable truth is she carrying with her? Like a whirlwind, Adriana upends her sister's life bringing chaos and cataclysmic revelations.
Years later, the narrator gets an unexpected, urgent summons back to Pescara, her hometown. She embarks on a long journey through the night, and through the folds and twists of her memory, from her and her sister's youth, their loves and losses, secrets and regrets. Back in Borgo Sud, the town's fishermen's quarter, in that impenetrable yet welcoming microcosm, she will discover what really happened, and attempt to make peace with the past.
Donatella Di Pietrantonio, expert chronicler of the bonds between mothers and daughters, revisits the places and characters of A Girl Returned
with a moving novel focused on the ambivalent, ambiguous, wavering but steadfast relationship between sisters.