A Girl Returned
Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Ann Goldstein
Without warning or a word of 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, conflict, especially between the young girl and her mother, and deprivation. 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.
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 is a powerful novel rendered with sensitivity and verve by Ann Goldstein, translator of the works of Elena Ferrante. 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, pitch-perfect in Ann Goldstein’s English translation.
"Brilliant, spare, and heartbreaking." -- Marion Rankine "Quietly devastating." -- Roland Gulliver "Expertly translated by Ann Goldstein, "A Girl Returned" is as heart-warming as it is heart-rending." * The Economist * "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." * Washington Post * "A heartbreaking, moving, lyrical novel about motherhood and family ties." * Il Sole 24Ore * "A story as cruel as the best fairy tales." * Cronache Letterarie * "The novel of the moment." * Donna Moderna * "A narrative of loss as a multi-faceted thing." (on Bella Mia, Calisi Press) * Glasgow Review of Books * "Di Pietrantonio's gift for storytelling is sustained by the understated poetry of her language." (on Bella Mia, Calisi Press) * The Skinny * "A Girl Returned delves deep into the meaning of motherhood, nurture, and family." * Famiglia Cristiana *
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