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An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled. New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. From the beginning, says Taylor, it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together. Told "Rashomon"-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, "Siracusa "unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410492258
Characteristics: 373 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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debwalker Aug 12, 2017

A clever tale of marital betrayal that will make sure you never go on a couples holiday.

Apr 16, 2017

I finished the book only because I loved visiting this area of Sicily. Unfortunately, there was not one character with whom I could identify. They were shallow self-centered people. That being said, these were the type of people needed in order to make the horrible murder of one husband’s lover realistic.

Feb 18, 2017

Well-written and funny. Ephron is known for her romantic comedy movies but this book is nothing like those! A dark comedy love triangle mystery set in Italy. Each chapter is told from a different character perspective on the same scene. Definitely gives the reader the idea of how much perspective matters depending on who is telling it. Entertaining to say the least.

Sep 18, 2016

Although considered a "summer read" I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characterizations were complex and believable. The writing sharp and sophisticated. As I neared the end of the novel I found myself reading more slowly as I regretted finishing. 5 stars for me!!!

Jun 22, 2016

A Loanstars July 2016 Top Ten Pick


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