My last book of the winter reading session was a page turner! A neighbor and friend gave this to me during our last visit where we also exchanged seedlings. I remember saying to her, “It may be a while.” Well, it’s been ten days I think. Once I cracked this open, I made the goal of finishing it with our session this weekend.
The book is translated from Italian, which made the prose rich and unique– inviting and plentiful. The story of two friends and their paths throughout childhood and adolescence provide ample context for all kinds of story lines– school, education for women, summer away from home at the beach, envy, deceit, love and neighborhood violence. The emotional intensity of the novel is relatable and the characters give a sort of yin/yang ebb and flow to the novel as a whole.
I loved this book and am lucky that it is the first in a series of four. I am not sure when I’ll get to the second book, but will look forward to whenever it comes around.
If you are looking for a quick moving book, this is one to grab.