Category: Book
Translated By: Lahiri, Jhumpa
By (author): Starnone, Domenico
Subject:  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sagas
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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$ 23.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Sharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of theNew York Times Notable Book of the Year,New York Times editor's pick, aSunday Times andKirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year,Ties.

Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson. The older combatant has lived for years in solitude, focusing obsessively on his work. The younger one has been left by his querulous parents with his grandfather for a 72-hour stay. Shut inside an apartment in Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico'sown childhood, grandfather and grandson match wits, while outside lurks Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence is not easily shaken.

Trick is a gripping, wry, brilliantly devised drama, "an extremely playful literary composition," as Jhumpa Lahiri describes it in her introduction, about aging, family, art, and reconciling with one's past.

Review Quote*

Praise forTrick

"[A] new book from Starnone isan event to celebrate."-Kirkus (Starred review)

"A maestro translated by a maestro. What more could anyone want?"-Jeffrey Eugenides

"I inhaledTrick, ran to Prairie Lights to getTies, and inhaled that one too.Trick is fantastic-savage and funny and profound. A little masterpiece."-Garth Greenwell

"Family ties and family dramas are at the core of this story, but both are written about with such stylistic elegance that readers will be astonished. Once again, Starnone gets it just right.Trick is a must-read!"-Huffington Post (Italy)

"InTrick, the sophisticated pleasures of meta-fiction live happily together with the elementary pleasures of a story well told, one full of suspense and surprise."-Internazionale

Praise for Domenico Starnone's Ties

"Ties is...the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone."
-Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

"Ties is puzzle-like, architectural, a novel ingeniously constructed."
-The New Yorker

"Ties is a masterful study of passing time."
-National Post (Canada)

"[Ties] is as vivid and devastating as anything you will read this year. A slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth."
-Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review)

"Scalding and incisive."
-Library Journal (Starred Review)

"An expertly crafted short novel that is charmingly intimate, disarmingly chatty and laced with some walloping surprises."
-Shelf Awareness

"Ingeniously constructed."
-Financial Times

"Absolutely gripping from start to finish... a really stunning book."
-Victoria Hislop, author ofCartes Postales from Greece

"Each detail resonates, from the name of the family cat to the idiosyncratic way in which Aldo ties his shoes to his cherished Polaroids. Distinguished by its distinctive characters and clarity of tone, Ties is a gem."
-Jane Ciabattari, BBC

"A complex and devastating dissection of a relationship, superbly teased apart and considered from all possible viewpoints."
-The Times

"A tight tale of domestic carnage."
-The Times Literary Supplement

"The story glints and cuts like smashed crystal."
-Anthony Cummins, The Guardian

"A fine piece of story-telling... there is a feel of legerdemain to it-capturing and conveying a great deal in a relatively small space."
-M.A. Orthofer, The Complete Review

"Brief, brilliant and unnerving."
-Margot Livesey, author of Mercury

"A cleverly crafted psychological thriller, this slim, intimate novel deftly undoes contemporary gender constructions as well as timeless notions of truth, fidelity, and sacrifice."
-Jennifer Tseng, author of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

"A superlative novel, Ties offers an x-ray image both of love that is love in name only and of destruction, specifically a home torn apart by something that at first seems to be a tornado but turns out to be Starnone's brilliant writing."
-Il Giornale

"Ties is a masterfully crafted synthesis of Starnone's storytelling technique and prose style."
-Christian Raimo, Internazionale 

"Ties is not simply a novel about a couple in crisis, but a work of literature where staged scenes featuring one's unrealized self are propped up by the indestructible scaffolding of marriage."
-Daniela Brogi, Le Parole e le Cose

Biographical NoteDomenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, includingFirst Execution (Europa, 2009),Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega, andTies (Europa, 2016), aNew York Times Editors pick.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofThe Interpreter of Maladies. Her books includeThe Namesake,Unaccustomed Earth,The Lowland, and, most recently,In Other Words, an exploration of language and identity.