Hailed by "The New York Times" as "a natural-born storyteller," the acclaimed author of "Rules of the Wild" gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the power of change--in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures--to reveal unexpected aspects of ourselves. Taking us to Venice ...
Hailed by "The New York Times" as "a natural-born storyteller," the acclaimed author of "Rules of the Wild" gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the power of change--in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures--to reveal unexpected aspects of ourselves. Taking us to Venice during film festival season, where a woman buys a Chanel dress she can barely afford; to a sun-drenched Greek village at the height of the summer holidays, where a teenager encounters the shocks of first love; and to a classical dance community in southern India, where a couple gives in to the urge to wander, these remarkable tales bring to life characters stepping outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies. Enlivened by Francesca Marciano's wit, clear eye, and stunning evocations of people and places, "The Other Language" is an enthralling tour de force rich with many pleasures.
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-12-09 Generations of Italians fled the poverty of their native country, never to return. But in this century, Italians leaving Italy are highly mobile citizens of the globalized world who, nonetheless, remain recognizably Italian. It's these Italians who populate Marciano's (Rules of the Wind) stories. In "Big Island, Small Island," Stella flies to a tiny African island to see an old boyfriend, who turns out to have gone native; in "An Indian Soiree," a vacationing couple realizes how easily a marriage can dissolve; in "The Italian System," a Italian woman who loves New York City because it has "no witnesses, no memories" ends up writing a book about Italian ways; and in the title story, a teenager's crush on an English boy changes her life. Even when the heroine stays in Italy, as in the excellent "The Presence of Men," she's still out of place, as a northerner in Italy's deep south. The one story with no ties to Italy, "The Club," is the weakest in an otherwise strong collection. Marciano's women (and sometimes her men) don't necessarily want what they have-they make choices and make do; they travel, get divorced, adapt. The effect is both luxurious and down to earth, a pleasurable sojourn with characters Marciano depicts as simultaneously likable and irritating, bold and retiring, types and individuals-not unlike those reading about them. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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