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“complex, darkly absorbing, and mysterious literary fiction.”

Author: Annie Bostrom
Newspaper, blog or website: Booklist
Date: Oct 1 2017

“Though Lagioia’s English-language debut, his fourth book and the winner of Italy’s Strega Prize, will draw comparisons to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, it deserves its own classification as complex, darkly absorbing, and mysterious literary fiction. [...] Drilling down deeply into many main and secondary characters’ stories, Lagioia’s prose—in Shugaar’s translation—depicts a family living far from the ease it projects; loyalties and betrayals painted in shades of gray; and a violently alive setting that plays off its characters.”

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