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This stylish novel from the author of The Days of Abandonment is set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book's central motifs. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them, it is a must-listen.
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By Earnest on 11-19-17
Puzzled and bewildered
After listening to this novel(and after I had listened to and loved the Naples trilogy), I read the review written by a respected critic in a fine newspaper. He said he ended up tearing the book in half before he finished- a thing he had never done before.
Although I “get” the essential premise of the “mystery” I.e. who was my mother? The novel weaves back and forth and so repetitively that I lost the will to care anymore for any of them.
Perhaps I should have gloomily torn the digital audio file in two, but I lost the will to do that too.