"Lahiri introduces us to a wide range of . . . outsider characters . . . more of an interior journey than a touristic travelogue.”
There are summer beach reads and then there are summer European beach reads.
“a tale of love—platonic, familial, romantic—and of forgiveness and growth, along with acceptance of what life doles out.”
Meeting in Positano: A Novel by Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) is a disorienting experience for anyone who likes their fact and fiction to be distinct genres.
“The Children’s Train is a sympathetic, well-crafted novel filled with vacation-worthy sights and authentic experiences from an Italy that balances folk tradition with modernity.”
“From Italy’s agricultural heartland, largely an autodidact, Walter Ferranini doubts the sincerity of claims for the dignity accorded labor by ideological spokesmen for the post-war communist regim
“The Story of My Purity is a frustrating novel—entertaining enough . . . yet ultimately unconvincing.”
“With his story of a chant that transforms a decrepit man, Mr. Rodari grants us the possibility that words can also alter a world gone awry—at least in fairy tales.”