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"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 masterƯpiece 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 pleaƯsures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her stoƯry'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, Taylor; 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 astuteƯness 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101621530
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

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.

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.

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!!!

Jun 22, 2016

A Loanstars July 2016 Top Ten Pick

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