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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." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, 10 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 can see coming.
Cast of narrators:
Lizzie read by Talia Balsam
Taylor read by Katie Finneran
Finn read by Darren Goldstein
Michael read by John Slattery
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By tooonce72 on 07-15-16
Siracusa by Delia Ephron is different from her other works, which might put some of her fans off kilter. I applaud the author in this endeavor to take a plunge and coming up with a work that is so clever and fresh. I encourage you to not allow yourself to read a book report type review for fear of glimpsing one revelation before it’s time.
Everything I normally dislike in a novel, this novel possessed. Yet showed me how to, not only to like it and embrace it, but love it. Such as - I generally dislike switching different narrators/characters each chapter. In this book, before long, I was begging for a switch for I needed to hear the other side of the story. It starts in the manner where the reader feels like they came into the middle of the story and it takes work to understand the relationships of the characters. Keep with it – it’s so worth the effort. There are just a handful of two of characters throughout so once you got everyone in their place – you know all their little ticks…well, you think you do.
For me the epilogue ending was the cherry on this cheeky sundae. It’s kept me thinking long after the last page was turned.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
By DFW on 07-27-16
Glad I'm Not Friends with These People
Where does Siracusa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What other book might you compare Siracusa to and why?
Most of Diane Chamberlaine's books. Lots of grown ups acting badly and giving in to impulses and then trying not to get caught.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Not sure but she was a very good narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Definitely worth a credit!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful