Susan Vinciotti Bonito gives this introspective, fragmented fiction--written in Italian and translated into English by the author--a delicate, poignant narration. She narrates the vignettes with a deliberate pace and inquiring tone that suit the internal monologue style. The choice to read in a distinctly inflected way gives the novel an immersive quality that illuminates the inner workings of the unnamed narrator's mind. The world that Lahiri creates feels Italian: Women are signoras, she eats in trattorias, says ciao. The narrator, presumably a literature professor in her mid-forties, closely observes her world and herself and has a rich imagination. The novel's slim chapters often have prepositional phrase titles--"On the Street," "At the Trattoria," "In the Pool"--that taken together combine to create listeners' understanding of a solitary and lonely life. A.D.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593393260 $12.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593393277 $38.00
Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.
Let us recommend your next great audiobook!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.
If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.