Siracusa

Siracusa

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"Delia Ephron's Siracusa is a stunning portrait of two marriages coming unraveled during the stress of travel abroad. Insightful and engaging. A must-read!" --Sue Grafton, author of X "Siracusa is an Italian aria, a Greek tragedy and a modern American master-piece written by Delia Ephron at the height of her powers. This is a story of two complicated marriages, one vulnerable child, and a trip to Italy that changes each of their lives forever. Secrets, lies, love raging, love dying, and the shame of unrealized potential are exposed in detail under the Sicilian sun. And, like the Moro blood oranges that grow there with abandon, the taste is both sour and sweet at once, but the bitterness that remains is not only haunting but unforgettable." --Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife "Siracusa is an unusually crackling, tricky journey into the distant land of other people's marriages: their secrets, paradoxes, weaknesses, and plea-sures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her sto-ry's treachery matched by a deep and easy feel for the various human, imperfect ways that people find themselves bound together, and sometimes painstakingly unbind themselves. An absorbing, tense, and original novel." --Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled. New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine--Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. With her inimitable psychological astute-ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780735208858
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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multcolib_dianaa Oct 30, 2016

Like a hot knife through butter I read this book. It helped that it was an absolutely excellent audiobook production with four different readers, all of them quite good and very different from each other.

Two couples, one of them with a 10-year-old child in tow, all of them with secrets, decided it would be fun to vacation together in Italy. Something really bad goes down, and you know it's coming, but you don't know what it is. The character development is excellent. One of the women, Taylor, is an absolute pleasure to hate ("I only stay in 5-star hotels. Why would I fly hundreds of miles away from home to sleep in sheets with a low thread count?"). She's also an insanely over-involved mother and has contempt for everyone who isn't. One of them, Michael, is a self-involved writer who is having an affair. I eventually hated him, too. Oh, and the book is set in Italy, the travel destination I dream most of, and one of the characters is a restaurateur, so there are nice descriptions of wine, cheese, salami, etc.

This is one of those audiobooks that made my walks longer and my house cleaner while I was listening to it.

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dodieo
Sep 20, 2016

"This stylishly written and razor-sharp novel of manners is perfect for audio since the achievement and pleasure of the book comes from the crossruff among four different voices as each tells his or her version of what happened in Siracusa. " - from a review on Audiofile.com

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