A Girl Returned

Author:   Donatella Di Pietrantonio ,  Ann Goldstein
Publisher:   Europa Editions
ISBN:  

9781609455286


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   27 June 2019
Format:   Paperback
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I was the Arminuta, the girl returned. I spoke another language, I no longer knew who I belonged to. The word `mama' stuck in my throat like a toad. And, nowadays, I really have no idea what kind of place mother is. It is not mine in the way one might have good health, a safe place, certainty. Told with an immediacy and a rare expressive intensity that has earned it countless adoring readers and one of Italy's most prestigious literary prizes, A Girl Returned marks the English-language debut of an extraordinary literary talent. Set against the stark, beautiful landscape of Abruzzo in central Italy, this is a compelling story about mothers and daughters, about responsibility, siblings, and caregiving. Without warning or explanation, an unnamed 13-year-old girl is sent away from the family she has always thought of as hers to live with her birth family: a large, chaotic assortment of individuals whom she has never met and who seem anything but welcoming. Thus begins a new life, one of struggle, tension, and conflict, especially between the young girl and her mother. But in her relationship with Adriana and Vincenzo, two of her newly acquired siblings, she will find the strength to start again and to build a new and enduring sense of self.

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Author:   Donatella Di Pietrantonio ,  Ann Goldstein
Publisher:   Europa Editions
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Dimensions:   Width: 13.30cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 21.00cm
Weight:   0.204kg
ISBN:  

9781609455286


ISBN 10:   1609455282
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   27 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Temporarily unavailable   Availability explained
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Praise for A Girl Returned Di Pietrantonio [has a] lively way with a phrase (the translator, Ann Goldstein, shows the same sensitivity she does with Elena Ferrante) [and] a fine instinct for detail. --The Washington Post A gripping, deeply moving coming-of-age novel; immensely readable, beautifully written, and highly recommended. --Kirkus Review (Starred Review)


Praise for A Girl Returned A gripping, deeply moving coming-of-age novel; immensely readable, beautifully written, and highly recommended. --Kirkus Review (Starred Review)


Author Information

Donatella Di Pietrantonio lives in Penne where she practices as a pediatric dentist. From the age of nine she has been writing stories, fables, poems, and novels. My Mother Is a River is her first novel. It was first published in Italy in 2011, where it won the Tropea and the John Fante literary prizes, and was translated into German in 2013. Her second book, Bella Mia, was published in 2014 and won the Brancati Prize. Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.

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