Ties

Ties

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Ties is a compulsively readable and provocative novel about marriage and family by one of Italy's bestselling novelists.

Like many marriages, Vanda and Aldo's has been subject to strain, to attrition, to 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.

Winner of The Bridge Prize for Best Novel 2015
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781609453855
1609453859
Branch Call Number: FIC STARNON 2017
Characteristics: 150 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lahiri, Jhumpa

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Four years after leaving his wife and children Aldo returns to them, ready to rebuild. A meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth. (Italy)


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Apr 20, 2017

What a fabulously written story - a story that could be any family of four living the progression of years with the push and pull of the nuclear dynamics. The metaphor of ties is real, as in shoelaces, and in familial ties, ties to one's desires, ties to one's past. Simple narrative with deep, flowing meaning.

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