Siracusa

Siracusa

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A New York Times Bestseller
PW Best Book of 2016 (Fiction)

A Washington Post Bestseller * A  Los Angeles Times  Bestseller *  A  USA Today Bestseller  *  One of Vulture's 100 Greatest Beach Books Ever  *  A People Magazine Summer Reading Pick  *  One of Elle, InStyle , and Marie Claire 's Best of July

"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 masterpiece 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 pleasures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her story'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, Tayl∨ 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 astuteness 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.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2016
ISBN: 9780399165214
Branch Call Number: EPH
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,24 cm

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debwalker Aug 12, 2017

A clever tale of marital betrayal that will make sure you never go on a couples holiday.

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brangwinn
Apr 16, 2017

I finished the book only because I loved visiting this area of Sicily. Unfortunately, there was not one character with whom I could identify. They were shallow self-centered people. That being said, these were the type of people needed in order to make the horrible murder of one husband’s lover realistic.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

Well-written and funny. Ephron is known for her romantic comedy movies but this book is nothing like those! A dark comedy love triangle mystery set in Italy. Each chapter is told from a different character perspective on the same scene. Definitely gives the reader the idea of how much perspective matters depending on who is telling it. Entertaining to say the least.

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sukiharl1
Jan 28, 2017

I loved this book! I liked the character perspective switching throughout the book. The story was dark and funny. Great quick read for the beach or during a stormy day.

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Barbaravee
Sep 18, 2016

Although considered a "summer read" I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characterizations were complex and believable. The writing sharp and sophisticated. As I neared the end of the novel I found myself reading more slowly as I regretted finishing. 5 stars for me!!!

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ronandlynda
Jun 22, 2016

A Loanstars July 2016 Top Ten Pick

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