When Vito Santoro's body is inadvertently unearthed by a demolition crew in Fregene, Italy, his siblings are thrown into turmoil, having been told by their sister Piera that Vito had fled to Argentina 50 years earlier after abandoning his wife and son. Piera, the self-proclaimed matriarch, locks herself in her room, refusing to speak to anyone but her Canadian nephew, David. Now scattered over three continents, the family members regroup in Italy to try to discover the truth.
A listener knows he or she is in for a turbulent ride when an audiobook opens with the discovery of a dead body. In Gunn’s novel Solitaria, longlisted for the Giller Prize, the morbid discovery unearths buried secrets of Italy’s Santoro family and takes listeners several decades into the past and then back to the present, with ample drama furnished along the way. Kathleen McInerney is no stranger to the art of bringing stories to life, having narrated over 90 audiobooks, many of them written by best-selling authors. When performing a fiction title, McInerney tries to "approach it like a play", getting to the bottom of characters and their motivation.
"Gunn succeeds in making us curious; and she succeeds in making us care about the characters. Solitaria is a deeply moving, intellectually stimulating, complex and fully realized novel." (BC BookWorld)
"Gunn has a fresh and epigrammatic writing style, perhaps unsurprising in someone who has also published poetry and short fiction. Solitaria is a compelling read and the ending comes as a total shock." (The Winnipeg Review)
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