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I don't know soccer.
I don't like soccer.
This puts me an the main character and narrator of this wonderful book on the same page from the start.
Come travel to a small town in Italy, where everyone knows everyone's business, and there's so many secrets and so much gossip and so much caring that you don't know where they all end and being and converge. Throw in a disgraced soccer star who shies away from the limelight and comes to this small town for reasons that are plausible (if unclear), and you realize how interconnected we all are.
There is much to grieve in this book - the loss of family, of friends, of property, of dreams, of innocence. But there's much to gain as well. It's not a sad, depressing read, though there are very poignant observations about love and loss and grief; it provides messy reconciliations and some happy nuanced endings.
It's a perfect book to read on a lazy summer afternoon. The narrator makes this book just that much better.
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