Translated from Italian.
Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, TOB Summer Camp
Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit, Woman Thinking About Life
Type/Source: Hardcover, Library
What It’s About: Our unnamed main character narrates these vignettes of her days and the places these days take her. She excels at solitude.
“The tenderness he sets aside for me is enough.“
Her father was stingy, stingy at love and felt his family was a burden. Her mother never found her footing and took it out on the daughter. Each chapter seemed to have powerful last lines.
I mourned those wasted tickets, and that trip never taken, more than I mourned for you.
Thoughts: Provocatively written. Is provocative too strong a word? I could not stop reading; it was an insistent little book. It “evok[ed my] interest, attention,
or and admiration in a powerfully irresistible way.” (the definition of compelling.)
Disoriented, lost, at sea, at odds, astray, bewildered, confused, uprooted, turned around.
I’m related to these related terms. These words are my abode, my only foothold.(from Nowhere, page 153)
Rating: Four slices of pie. No pie mentioned. However, there is a chapter that mentions pastry often and another had me searching for cat’s tongue cookies.
We say goodbye, separate. Then we, too, become two shadows projected onto the wall: a routine spectacle, impossible to capture.
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